Jul 29, 2014

Council Approves $500,000 for Senior Center

The City Council voted to approve $500,000 towards the design of the new $7 million Senior Center while councilors said they would work with members of the Ward Park neighborhood.

Council Approves $500,000 for Senior Center

The City Council voted unanymously to funds slated for location at Ward Park.

The fund transfer was voted through unanymously by the council although two councilors voiced the need for ongoing discussions regarding the location at Ward Park.

"I do have a lot of concerns with how we got here," said Ward 3 Councilor Matt Elder who was concerned that both he and the recreation commission were bipassed.

He said that he would be voting for the funds, which will be used towards the design of the project, in order to allow things to move forward. Elder said he will hold meetings with constituents and explore their concerns. He said many people who have voiced concerns still were in support of a new senior center, but had questions regarding its impact on the neighborhood.

“I will be working close with my constituents so that their voices are heard," said Elder who explained that there will be a meeting next week. “I am pretty sure I am going to be able to support this."

Councilor Joseph Delano said the center will be reviewed in the Operation and Oversight Committe, which he chairs and Elder sits on.

“We are going to make sure things are done right and voices are heard," said Delano.

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