RIO VISTA — The City Council opted Tuesday to give the county Meals on Wheels program $4,000 – less than half of what it asked for to restore five-day meal service at the city’s senior center.
It currently serves meals twice a week after budget cuts slashed its ability to continue the five-day-a-week service. Delivery service to homebound seniors has not been affected.
Several concerns were raised by both citizens and council members after Cathy Hall, the executive director of Meals on Wheels Solano County, spoke before the council, asking for $9,000 to fully restore the program.
Councilwoman Constance Boulware expressed concern about recent local fundraising for the Meals on Wheels program, such as a golf tournament, and how much the fundraising offset the actual financial need. Financial figures were not yet available from the tournament, Hall said.
Boulware recommended that the proceeds from the golf tournament be applied to next year “so we don’t go through this again,” she said.
Local resident Joel Auslen questioned the city sponsoring the program and reminded the City Council that “we nearly went down the tubes last year” and are just recouping needed funding for police and fire.
Auslen suggested getting local organizations to contribute, such as was done with the new swimming pool – a community grassroots effort that brought together donations of money, labor and materials in order to replace a decades-old pool.
Councilman Tim Kubli agreed with Auslen, but said he might be inclined to go with a smaller amount.
The $4,000 was approved by those present – Councilmen Jim McCracken and Dave Hampton were absent. The figure will allow Meals on Wheels to restore an additional day of meal service at the senior center.
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