Seniors beginning to feel pinch of expansion; bids must be let or money returned to state agency
by Alan Reed
Jun 18, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Stipulations on the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) signed by Judge/Executive Stan Humphries last Thursday may force the county to take action on a new Senior Citizens’ Center.

Humphries said, “If we use the CDBG funding, then we have an obligation to start the bidding process in October. That doesn’t give us long without a variance.” He added that bids must be awarded by November 17, and the project must be completed by December 2010.

Trigg County received the CDBG in the amount of $500,000 from the Office of Local Development for the new building. The county received $200,000 from an earmark from U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield’s arrangements in Washington, and potential for another $100,000 from the USDA.

Humphries said that recent talks with Architect Keith Sharpe, selected as the project architect by the Senior Center Building Committee, have placed the project in the range of $1.6 million to $1.8 million.

“That’s not a true estimate, because we don’t have an exact rendering on the proposed building,” said Humphries. “This is the estimated cost based on required space and current services we provide at the existing center.”

To fund the new building, Humphries said that he spoke to representatives of the Kentucky Association of Counties financing arm with Senior Center Manager Carolyn Bland and members of the Trigg County Budget Committee.

He added that he had not yet spoken to local financial institutions about loans and finance avenues for the building, though planned to do so in the future.

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