|By Lynnette Hintze, Daily Inter Lake, Kalispell, Mont.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
A two-hour time slot has been set aside for the commissioners to tackle the issue. It begins at
Two weeks ago the commissioners unanimously approved an architectural and engineering agreement for a county building to house the
"We've never taken a final vote," Krueger said. "This is firming up the county's position on [providing] AOA services in the South Campus building."
For years the county has been working toward finding a different facility for the
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The county has budgeted
"We're moving forward with the project," she said. "If he [Krueger] wants confirmation, we could have done that with a workshop."
Holmquist said she would like to know exactly what the commissioners will be voting on so she can be prepared.
Responding to a rumor that she and Republican commissioner candidate
That center operates in an old county-owned converted house, and the
"I'm always looking at what's going on in the county. I want to understand all of it," Holmquist said. "That doesn't mean I'm going to change anything."
She went on to say the
"I've always been impressed with what goes on out there," she added.
Mitchell has stated he believes the county's seniors need a safety net of aging services, but he's not sure whether those services should be provided by the county or a nonprofit organization.
While he wants the agency moved out of its leased quarters, Mitchell said he's "struggling" with spending
"It's possible there could be other options that are cheaper and better," he said. "I need to make sure we're doing the right thing and that we are spending the right amount of money."
Krueger said when he took office nearly two years ago he asked about outsourcing aging services and did a thorough study of the
"I haven't seen the evidence to date that says we should look at another option," Krueger said.
If the public can show there's a better way to provide aging services than the county providing the space and support for those programs, it would be prudent for the commissioners to consider it.
"The best option looks to be what we're doing," Krueger said.
Beyond the meals program, the agency offers housekeeping assistance to seniors, escorted transportation for those not able to ride Eagle Transit or use Dial-A-Ride, respite care, an information and referral program that offers counseling on
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