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Clark County

April 14, 2014

Sellersburg senior center on the horizon

Facility is result of grassroots effort

SELLERSBURG — The town of Sellersburg is investing in a community center — and it’s starting with the senior population.

The Sellersburg Town Council on Monday approved a not-to-exceed $2,500 contribution to pay for utilities for a proposed senior citizen center off of Hauss Avenue, which would be the town’s only community-centered facility.

“We have an awful lot of people that are interested in a senior citizen center, and we sure want to give it a good try,” said Celia Winters, one of a small group of people who asked the board for approval Monday and who has been working for over a year to secure a place.

Winters said that the utilities estimation was provided by the building owner based on numbers from past years.

The center, called the Sellersburg Senior Citizen Center, will be about 1,000 square feet in a building off of Hauss Avenue, across from Jackson Physical Therapy and Associates Inc. The organizers of the center will sign a one-year lease May 1 and hope to have doors open soon after.

Billy Ramser, Silver Creek Township trustee, agreed to pay the rent and liability insurance for the first year.

“After a period of a year, as I explained to them, they kind of probably need to look at being self-sufficient because I’m not sure what next year brings,” Ramser said.

He said that grants and bonds can’t be applied for without a location, so the first year would mainly be to get the center on its feet. The founders hope to make the center a nonprofit organization.

“Until you have a legal address, you can [only] look at the forms,” Ramser said.

Patti Hall, another of the center’s organizers, said that the facility is in good condition and won’t need any repairs.

“There’s no reason we couldn’t be [open] by the middle of May,” Hall said. “This is a thing where you bring in some tables, you bring in some chairs, and you start entertaining the elderly.”

When it first opens, the facility will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. between three and five days a week.

“We have to start somewhere, and we hope it will grow and we can get a larger facility at some time,” Winters said.

Councilman Brian Meyer said he supports paying utilities for the building in the first year “by whatever means necessary.”

“I know that this town’s got to offer something. If it’s just a seniors that we start with, I’m all for them,” Meyer said. “We’ve got communities all around us building $6.1 million recreational facilities. We don’t offer a room.”

The $2,500 will either come out of promotions funds or recreation funds and will begin the day the lease is signed. Monthly utilities bills will be invoiced to the clerk-treasurer’s office by the property owner.

Council President Paul Rhodes said the organizers’ persistence is impressive.

“Almost a year, and you didn’t let it die,” Rhodes said. “That’s admirable.”

Hall said that a senior facility is very much needed.

“[It’s] just something for these people around here ... [Seniors] don’t want to sit at home all day, but they don’t have anything to do,” she said.

POOL PRICES

The council also approved a recommendation from the recreation board to increase prices of the Sellersburg Town Pool.

Beginning Memorial Day weekend, a single pass will increase from $25 to $35 and daily admission will increase from $3 to $5, among other increases that affect pool parties and concession stand items.

“This will help us overcome some of our shortfalls as far as this year’s budget,” Meyer said. “...And with that being said though, we’re still very, very inexpensive.”

BY THE NUMBERS

Price changes at Sellersburg Town Pool:

• Single pass: $35

• Daily Admission: $5

• No family passes

• Swim lessons without pass: $40

• Swim team members: $30

• Full amount for pool parties required upfront; no change in party prices

• Concession items increasing by $.25 to $.50 and will include sales tax

 

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