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Near the beginning of the lengthy agenda for the Chaffee Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) work session beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 10 will be a presentation from a new nonprofit called “Places to Age” -bringing assisted living options to our community.

Some Aging mastery cohort 2 graduates, from left: Front Row Emily Marquis (instructor), Anna Berlin (via Zoom), Diane Luchild, Back row: Susan Sunquist, Judy Haines, Ruth Runge-Barnes, Melissa Jory, and Karel Bammes. Courtesy photo.

The formal presentation by Dee Dubin will provide an overview of the mission of the new nonprofit, as well as help educate the elected officials and the public regarding the importance of addressing the county’s growing need.

One in four residents of Chaffee county is over age 65, and the hope is that rather than lose seniors to other areas, that the county can retain their experience and involvement in the county, allowing them a place to age well, while contributing.

“We are trying to educate people about why this is an important issue for everyone, not just older adults, why our project needs to be supported, and to create a public that will to make it happen,” explained Marilyn Bouldin, who is one of the driving forces behind the new nonprofit.

The BoCC will first hear the regular monthly reports from the Landfill Committee, Human Services (sitting as the County Board of Human Services), Public Health (sitting as the County Board of Health) and consider acceptance of the Community Health Improvement Plan.

They will receive their usual monthly update from the Building Department, and expect an XcelEnergy update on area outages and hydroelectric facilities.

Emergency Medical Services Executive Director Josh Hadley with do an EMS update, including explaining an AMR application for secure transport. Commissioners will consider for approval Resolution 2023-58 Approving the Issuance of Ambulance Vehicle Permits for an ambulance operated by Chaffee County EMS.

The BoCC will also recieve an update from the Chaffee Heritage Advisory Board for the Collegiate Peaks Scenic & Historic Byway Corridor Management Plan.