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June 12, 2013

Plans for Atkinson elderly affairs coming into place

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Innes declined to go into detail about which services will be provided by whom.

Innes has also defined the two ways which the department will be funded. There is the general fund which appears in the budget and is approved by voters at Town Meeting and a fund that accepts donations from residents and sponsors that is managed by the Trustees of the Trust Fund.

The next step for the town is to find someone to supervise the department. Innes has written a job desciption that has been approved by selectmen. The position is a volunteer position.

“I’d like to get it filled as soon as possible,” Innes said. “I’m not sure it will be a formal job search, but I want it to be filled quickly.”

So far, seniors who have worked with Innes on the advisory committee are pleased with the direction the department is taking.

“The process is going along well,” Alan Phair said. “I feel comfortable that we’ve done our due diligence to put in place something that will be workable.”

Ted Houlihan, a driver for the program, said things have worked out as well as he could have hoped.

“It’s different, but (Consentino) built a great system which is still working in the way we hoped it would,” he said. “There doesn’t seem to be a deficiency. Now the town is assuming control of that and that’s probably appropriate.”

Innes has laid out plans for several new programs, including a property tax burden program and a senior connection program that would use active seniors as volunteers to help seniors who need assistance.

One detail that still needs to be determined is the location of the department, which is now run out of the Atkinson police station.

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