GRANOLAPARK • BY GILBERT
Takoma Park announced plans to retire beginning at the end of this year. In typical fashion, at last week’s meeting the city council appointed a citizen task force to make retirement plan recommendations.
The newly formed Takoma Park Task Force on Retirement Action (TPTFRA) has two main goals, said co-chair Melinda April. The first goal is “to find a nice place to go,” said Ms April. Options include a condo in Florida, a house in Arizona, and a an “ex-pat” retirement community in the country of Belize, where due to the favorable exchange rate, “we’d get more bang for the buck.”
TPTFRA’s other goal is to find a suitable replacement for Takoma Park. Co-chair Harvy Fultz will head that effort. “We want to find a young, dynamic city of appropriate size” said Mr. Fultz. Early contenders are Greenbelt, MD, Crystal City, VA, and Reston, VA. Assisting him in this effort, which will involve a lot of traveling, will be volunteer Yolanda Day, a local retirement expert. “And, of course, the replacement city must be sustainable, liveable, and responsive,” said Ms. Day, echoing Takoma Park’s official strategic goals.
The task force hopes to complete its work by mid summer, giving city residents time to pack the few belongings they will be allowed to take, and otherwise sort out their affairs, said April, Fultz, and Day.