Can we as residents seniors and non have a serious discussion about the senior centers and what is to be done with them? I ask because I want to write about this and have been very hesitant to do so. I don’t want to disrespect the seniors at the same time I don’t want the city to be afraid to do the right thing by the rest of us.
Rent for the Eton center is a dollar a month, the city has to give D7 a years notice if they leave. If the city decides to keep the lease and stay in the building that will cost the city around 200,000.00. The reason for this the roof has to be replaced.
The Berwyn center a building owned by the city has the senior center in it and the community and economic development departments has it’s offices there.
Canfield center has the recreation department and several evening activities this is all so owned by the city. Keeping any of these buildings open cost money in utilities and maintenance.
During the months leading up to the HO vote there was talk about closing down the Eton center the past few months there has been very little talk about recreation what so ever. You have a Mayor who will not commit one way or the other on Eton only to say D7 doesn’t want it back. In the title of the post I used the amount of $12.00 dollars. That is the amount the city would pay even if they gave notice to D7 today closed it up and moved the senior activities some place else.
I would like to ask the question without the people from the recreation department biting my head off or telling me what a vital service they provide. Let’s just say up front a vital service is provided for the seniors that use the senior centers. Let’s also keep in mind that there are many seniors that do not use the centers and we can also establish that all tax money is going to keep their programs and centers open. We can also say that seniors should be honored for everything they have done for us and we should pay them the highest respect and I do.
Now the question for everyone is this what should be cut in order for the senior centers to stay open. If the city is going to find 5.1 million dollars in cuts and the senior centers are off limits then what? I do not want to see the people working there loss their jobs, but we can not have talks about getting the budget together unless we look at everything. So far the one area that no one wants to talk about is this. Cut fire, cut police, cut departments to the bone but don’t what ever you do talk about this.
So bloggers seniors and non where should the council and Mayor look to find the money?