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City Council Agenda Item No. 04

Meeting Date: June 11, 2002

Subject/Title: Authorize the City Manager to enter into an agreement with Contra Costa County to provide a Senior Nutrition Program at the Community Center

Submitted by: Craig D. Bronzan, Director of Parks and Recreation
Mac Kaiser, Recreation Services Supervisor

Approved by: John Stevenson, City Manager

Authorize the City Manager to enter into an agreement with Contra Costa County to provide a Senior Nutrition Program at the Community Center.


Currently the Contra Costa County Senior Nutrition Program operates 21 senior nutrition sites in Contra Costa County. The Brentwood site is currently located in the apartment complex at 100 Village Drive. The County has been at this location for 22 years and is now faced with the sale of the apartment complex and having to relocate the current site to another location by July 2002. 

Since the merger of senior services with the City of Brentwood Parks and Recreation Department in October 2000, there has been a lot of interest in providing a daily nutrition program at the Community Center for seniors. As the current Senior Nutrition Site is looking to relocate, bringing the nutrition site to the Community Center would be in keeping with the general philosophy of most other county sites that are located in community center facilities.

As with any such situation, there are advantages and issues that must be considered related to a merger of the County’s
program within the Brentwood Community Center.

Advantages of locating the Senior Nutrition Site at the Brentwood Community Center:

o Location of the Senior Nutrition Site within the Brentwood Community Center would move the City of Brentwood closer to a true one-stop shop for area seniors, regardless of income levels. Currently, senior programs/services are located in several locations throughout the City of Brentwood and surrounding area. 

o Seniors that attend the daily luncheon program would be more inclined to stay for other programs and services both before and after lunch, greatly enhancing attendance for other senior programs and services currently offered by the City of Brentwood Parks and Recreation Department.

o An increase in regular attendance numbers by seniors may result in the expansion of current services and programs to additional days, times, as well as the addition of new programs and/or services based on the interest and needs of participants.
Additionally, the Senior Nutrition programs would provide:
o Nutritious meals providing 1/3 the recommended Daily Allowances for seniors, served 5 days per week.
o All paper goods required for meal service.
o Subsidized bus transportation to the daily luncheons
o Professionally prepared nutrition education presentations
o Professionally prepared nutrition in-services to café staff and volunteers
o Phone for café reservation line.

Issues to consider in bringing the Senior Nutrition Site at the Brentwood Community Center:

o The Brentwood Community Center would become a more traditional senior center and the flexibility of using the center for other functions during weekdays for youth programs, City Administrative and Council type community meetings, and community meetings by tenant agencies (the Ag Dept, and Community Based Instruction) could be greatly reduced. Though the program could work through long-range planned events by closing for the day(s), last minute requests for meeting space would be eliminated. The program is proposed to start in the Blue Room, but with time, is expected to grow which may require a move into the main hall.

o Revenue from current youth programs such as Dancekids and Kindermusik may be greatly restricted and/or eliminated as such programs may not have adequate space during the morning and early afternoon hours unless an additional facility is found.

o The popular senior exercise program, “Premiers” would have to either adjust current hours of service or relocated to another site when the main hall is needed by an expansion of the program.

o The City of Brentwood Parks and Recreation Department has been requested to fund the Senior Nutrition site café manager position at 4 hours per day, 20 hours per week for a total cost of $15,632 per year. This is in keeping with 18 other locations of the Senior Nutrition Sites located with Community/Senior Centers in Contra Costa cities. The City has notified Contra Costa County that the City of Brentwood does not have money in the 2002/2003 budget for this expense. The City will, however, consider this request as a part of the 2003/2005 budget cycle.

o The City of Brentwood would need to provide the facility to house the program at no cost to Contra Costa County, including the provision of storage space for some equipment provided by Contra Costa County.

Staff believes that the benefits of a nutrition program in the Blue Room of the Community Center starting on July 1, 2002, would outweigh the issues as identified above and is recommending approval of the City Manager to enter into an agreement with Contra Costa County.

Staff has invited members of the Contra Costa Café to attend the City Council meeting under the presentation part of the meeting to provide you copies of their daily menus and information on their programs.

Reduction of class rentals of Blue Room of approximately $4,500 per year.

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