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Chat-N-Chow strives to amend services for members

Bernie Christensen delivers the treasurer’s report Wednesday during the monthly meeting of the Old Timer’s Chat-N-Chow Site Council.

Bernie Christensen delivers the treasurer’s report Wednesday during the monthly meeting of the Old Timer’s Chat-N-Chow Site Council.

KINGMAN - Seniors soon will notice some changes and, hopefully, improvements in county busing to the Chat-N-Chow facility inside the Kathryn Heidenreich Adult Center.

During a meeting Wednesday of the Chat-N-Chow Site Council, secretary June Lawrence delivered an updated report on the transportation issue from last month.

"We're working hard to get seniors back here five days a week," Lawrence said. "It won't be just as before but the county is training volunteer drivers in case we need more.

"There will be some changes in how people are taken to shopping and doctor appointments effective Aug. 28. We will not be able to pick up people to get their hair done or visit friends for the afternoon."

A bus with 10 seats will operate each weekday between 8 a.m. and noon.

It will pick up Golden Valley residents on Mondays for appointments. On Tuesdays, the bus will drop off and pick up seniors at Wal-Mart and Smith's Supermarket. The bus will take seniors to doctor and bank appointments on Wednesdays and Thursdays. On Fridays, it will carry seniors to the new Safeway Shopping Center, where they will have 2-1/2 hours to shop or conduct other business.

In other business, President Kitty Beirau told members that the fundraiser brought in $1,585. After paying receipts for items purchased by members, the net amount was $1,472.12.

"We'd like to put $1,200 of it into our building fund and give the rest to Tracie (Padilla, site supervisor for the Kingman Nutrition Center) as petty cash for her office needs," Beirau said.

The matter was approved. Brad Bixler, senior program manager with the Mohave County Department of Public Health, thanked the council and said the money would go toward purchase of a booth at the Mohave County Fair next month.

Site Council Treasurer Bernie Christensen proposed an amendment to Article II of the Chat-N-Chow bylaws in response to past incidents in which people speaking took excessive amounts of time to air their views.

The amendment states: "Any member of Chat N Chow attending the regular meeting of the Site Council may have the floor to discuss any topic that is brought up by the council to be voted on.

"Such member will have five (5) minutes to present his discussion after he asks for the floor.

"If any topic to be discussed continues for more than 30 minutes, any member of the council may ask that a special meeting be called following the regular meeting for the continued purpose of such discussion. The topic will then be tabled to be voted on at the next regular meeting of the Site Council."

"Only items that have been placed on the agenda of the regular meeting of the Site Council will be discussed and voted on, including old business.

"Other items can be placed on the following month's agenda or a special meeting of the Site Council may be called, as specified in Article II Section 2:08 of the bylaws."

Members voted to adopt the amendment.

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