Juneau Commission on Aging - Newly Reformed in 2017/2018 Fact Sheet

Title: Juneau Commission on Aging - Newly Reformed in 2017/2018

Type of Board/Commission/Committee: Advisory

Affiliated Department: City Clerk

Status: Active

Governing Legislation:
-Resolution 2802
-Date Created: August 21, 2017
-Sunset Date: N/A

To reference the general rules of procedure and informational booklet for all boards, please see the documents available on the General Board Information page.

Description: The Juneau Commission on Aging has evolved a number of times since its initial creation as the Senior Citizen Advisory Committee in January 1977. The current commission was newly reformed in 2017 with its initial meeting held on January 22, 2018. The governing legislation, Resolution 2802, sets out the purpose and mission as follows: "The Purpose of the JCOA is to advise the Assembly on issues regarding seniors in Juneau and to promote awareness of Juneau's senior population, the quality of life of seniors; and the role of seniors in the social and economic life of Juneau."

Membership: The JCOA shall consist of nine voting members appointed from the general public. Members shall be appointed to staggered two-year terms. The Assembly shall appoint members from a diverse population of people with knowledge of issues relating to aging or with expertise on health, housing, transportation, finances, insurance, and other areas of concern for seniors in Juneau. At least five public members shall be 65 years of age or older. Four public members shall serve without restriction as to age.

Officers: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer

Quorum: 5

Term Limits: None.

Annual Appointment Period (Annual Reports Due): December

Meetings: The initial meeting of the newly reformed JCOA was held on Monday, January 22, 2018. The commission has tentatively scheduled future meetings to be held the third Tuesday of each month at Noon in the Juneau Economic Development Council (JEDC) Conference Room. JEDC will provide limited staff support to the commission with Robyn Mesdag as the primary staff member who can be reached at 907-523-2343 or via email at rmesdag@jedc.org.

Special Facts: The predecessor group to the Juneau Commission on Aging - the Senior Citizen Advisory Committee was created January 6, 1977 for the purpose of advising the Alaska State Housing Authority and the Assembly on matters related to the development of a 42-unit elderly housing project in the City & Borough of Juneau. The Assembly then morphed that committee into the Commission on Aging in 1985. There is a Senior Citizen Tax Benefits webpage at http://www.juneau.org/financeftp/seniors.php.

Staff Contact: City Clerk's Office - 907-586-5278 - City.Clerk@juneau.org

Website: https://beta.juneau.org/clerk/boards-committees/boards-master-list-2/jcoa