New senior center construction on schedule
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Sep 30, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Significant progress is being made in the construction of the new Trigg County Senior Citizens Center on East Noel Road, a project scheduled to be completed by May 2010, said Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries.

The roof has been installed, plumbing and electric work are complete, and a heating and air conditioning, or HVAC, unit is being installed, and it looks like the project will be finished on time, Humphries said.

“Weather will be less of an issue now that the project is under roof,” said the judge executive.

The front porch has been poured, and curb and guttering, which the Trigg County Fiscal Court signed off on last week, will soon be complete, said Humphries, who added that Bruce Green Construction out of Murray was the low bidder for the project.

An official groundbreaking was held earlier this year on June 9. Humphries said that although employment in the county isn’t where it should be, “the best way we can get out of that stigma … is to see bricks, sticks and some dirt moving.”

At that groundbreaking, Senior Center Director Carolyn Bland likened having a new senior center to a child having a wish list at a toy store.

New or expanded facilities will include more recreation opportunities, in the form of an exercise room that any senior will be able to use, and meeting rooms that Bland has said she hopes will attract more organizations to the senior center.

“A lot of people have some difficulty finding rooms to have their meetings,” Bland, who has been working with the senior center since the 1970s, said.

Services that the current senior center provides, such as meals, transportation, recreation, health services, adult daycare, homemaking services and legal services will be provided at the new senior center, as will various games such as bingo, said Bland, adding that the services are free, but donations are requested.

Two of the major reasons for the move, Bland said, are safety and parking. The only parking is behind the senior center, and the sharp incline from the parking lot to the front of the building is hard for some seniors to manage, the director said.
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