Contract for senior services facilities management could be reduced
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Options for a new contract with Lantern Health Services will be considered by the city’s senior services board before the one-year contract expires.
Hired in March 2015, Lantern has been paid $11,000 per month for its management services at the Imperial Manor and Parkview/Heights since replacing RHD last year.
According to minutes from the board’s Jan. 11 meeting, a new contract could fall in the range of $5,000 per month.
Board member Charlesa Kline, also a city council member, said less administration from Lantern would be in the building under a new contract, the reason for the significant drop in price.
“And, the fact we have our own administrator now,” she said at Monday’s city council meeting.
Kline said, at some point, the board expects Lantern to be completely phased out of the facilities’ management.
The contract expires the end of March and the city must give 60 days notice for any contract change.
Mayor Dwight Coleman noted that owner Sharon Colling told them when hired a year ago that the first year would be expensive by bringing in a number of professionals for evaluation of the facilities.
“Now she feels there can be less people there,” he said.
Coleman, as mayor, is a non-voting member of the senior services board. He expects any contract renewal with Lantern to be for a year’s time.
Any change in Lantern Health Services’ contract would come before the council for a final vote.
The senior services board, which has been meeting twice monthly since its reorganization last year, anticipates moving to just one meeting a month in either February or March, Kline said.