City Budget Survey

The City of San Antonio is seeking citizen input for the 2017 budget.  If you wish to express your thoughts on departmental expenditures, special projects, neighborhood issues or even your retirement cost of living adjustment and health benefits, now is your chance.  The website can be reached at saspeakup.com

Retiree Matters

Attached is a copy of the Retiree Matters quarterly newsletter that is being mailed to all retirees.  In it you will find an update from our RECOSA Chair Liz Garcia who apprises us of the organization’s work with COSA to evaluate the Third Party Administrator (TPA) proposals submitted to the City and the survey we are preparing to obtain member feedback on the services we should pursue for our members.  She also reminds us of the upcoming Brown Bag meeting at the Central Public Library on May 12th where we will learn how to get started in genealogy and receive information on UnitedHealthcare’s virtual doctor’s visits for non-Medicare retirees.  RECOSA will provide a light lunch and a $50 HEB gift card door prize at the meeting so please come and don’t forget to RSVP so we have enough lunches for everyone.

The newsletter also contains: 

  • Notes from the City Manager on the FY 2017 budget process, 
  • Message from Lori Steward, COSA Human Resources Director, 
  • Opportunities for free fitness and exercise classes through the Fitness in the Park Program, and 
  • Congratulations to a host of new retirees.

We think you will find it an interesting read.

Hail Damage?

Recent storms and possibly future ones during Fiesta (groan) may cause damage to your roof, car, windows or other parts of your home. We sincerely hope not. But just in case RECOSA wants to remind you that home improvement contractors and residential building contractors are licensed by the City of San Antonio (sanantonio.gov/DSD/Contractor.aspx). COSA performs a criminal background check on these contractors. Residential Building Contractors must also have liability insurance. State licenses are required for these contractors and can be checked from the same COSA web page.

Lots of scammers will be roaming our streets looking for less cautious home dwellers. You can also check for complaints against a business at the Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org).

RECOSA Board Meeting

The monthly meeting of the RECOSA Board will take place on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 11:30 a.m. at Generations Federal Credit Union, Balcones Heights Branch, 4005 Fredericksburg Rd.

The April agenda includes a report on the March meeting with COSA Human Resources, work on the upcoming member survey, and an update on the AirLIFE program.  

Retirees are welcome and encouraged to attend.

RECOSA Board Meeting

The monthly meeting of the RECOSA Board will take place on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 11:30 a.m. at Generations Federal Credit Union, Balcones Heights Branch, 4005 Fredericksburg Rd.

The March agenda includes appointment of committees to carry out various organizational activities, discussion of strategies to increase attendance at Brown Bag Luncheons, and possible implementation of a member survey.

Retirees are welcome and encouraged to attend.

 

2016 Retiree Brown Bag

Brown Bag Session

Thursday, February 25, 2016

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Central Public Library, Auditorium – 600 Soledad, 78205

Topics: “Elder Abuse, It’s Everyone’s Business”

& “Alamo Area Council of Governments,

An Overview of Services”

Join your fellow City retirees at the February Brown Bag session for a presentation from Lisa Senteno of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. She will speak about the issue of Elder Abuse. A representative from the Alamo Area Council of Governments will also be on hand to share an overview of the services they offer.

Remember, retirees and their spouses or domestic partners are welcome to attend these events. Light snacks will be available, but feel free to bring a bag lunch.
To reserve your seat at this month’s Brown Bag session, leave a message on our Retiree R.S.V.P. Line, (210) 207-7000, or
email  hrcustomerservice@sanantonio.gov.
                    FREE Parking in the Central Library Garage

RECOSA ELECTS 2016 BOARD OFFICERS AND BOARD MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 9TH

Congratulations to the following RECOSA Board Officers elected in January:

• Chair – Liz C. Garcia
• Vice Chair – Charles Pruski
• Treasurer – Paulette McClure
• Secretary – Rose Rangel

The monthly meeting of the RECOSA Board will take place on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 11:30 a.m. at Generations Federal Credit Union, Balcones Heights Branch, 4005 Fredericksburg Rd.

The February agenda includes the appointment of members to serve on various committees including a Retiree Volunteer Committee and a Budget Committee. The Board will also discuss follow-up items for action that were discussed during the January 28th Orientation and Planning Session and the use of a consent agenda for routine reports. The Chair will report on information and material received at the San Antonio Area Foundation Board Boot Camp for Non-Profit Organizations.

Retirees are welcome and encouraged to attend RECOSA’s board meetings.

JANUARY 12 RECOSA BOARD MEETING

The next RECOSA Board Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 11:30 a.m.  Please note the new meeting location for our 2016 monthly board meetings :   GENERATIONS FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, BALCONES HEIGHTS BRANCH, 4005 FREDERICKSBURG RD.   The meeting dates have also changed to the SECOND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH at 11:30 a.m.

At the January board meeting, the board will elect board officers for 2016 and discuss the recent transition of post-65 retirees from Humana to Aetna health insurance.

As always, all retirees are welcome and encouraged to attend RECOSA’s board meetings.