Senior health issues on tap

Waste removal also on Kenai council docket

Posted: Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Keeping in step with senior citizens' desires to stay fit, the Kenai Senior Center is seeking an appropriation to help restart a health and wellness program on site.

Discontinued when a new administration took over at Central Peninsula Hospital, the senior health program once provided a nurse practitioner who would come to the senior center to perform blood draws, do urine testing and nail clipping for all seniors, particularly those with diabetes. After testing, the seniors would be referred to a physician if necessary.

Part of a requested $27,000 appropriation $7,500 would go toward restarting the program and adding weight-resistance training, cardiovascular training and blood pressure testing.

If approved, the appropriation also would fund travel and transportation, repair and maintenance, and office and operating supplies for the senior center, the bulk of which would go toward increased food costs.

An ordinance under consideration at Wednesday's city council meeting provides for the appropriation of increased grant funding from the Kenai Peninsula Borough, the United Way and from donations.

"If the council approves the ordinance, the Kenai Senior Center will go forward with the health and wellness program," said City Manager Rick Koch on Friday.

Koch said the council also will consider increasing revenues and appropriations by $2,500 in the Senior Citizen Fund for gas cards donated by Tesoro Corporation.

Mayor Pat Porter said the oil company's donation of the Tesoro gas cards is part of a corporate $100,000 donation to the Meals on Wheels program.

The council also is expected to consider an ordinance mandating that proper garbage containers be placed in mobile home parks and near multi-family dwellings and that garbage be collected by the owners of multi-family dwellings and mobile home parks.

Koch said the measure is being considered because one mobile home park in the city Highland Pride once had Dumpsters, but removed them.

"People started leaving trash lying out around the mobile home park and it became a bear problem there and in the surrounding neighborhood," Koch said.

The council meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Phil Hermanek can be reached at phillip.hermanek@peninsulaclarion.com.



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