By Melanie Patterson
The North Jefferson News
Kimberly officials received answers Thursday to many questions about the town’s senior center.
In a special-called council meeting, the council heard from three key people regarding the soon-to-open center.
Dr. Frederick L. Hamilton, director of the Jefferson County Office of Planning and Community Development, explained the $511,000 community development block grant that paid for the senior center’s construction.
Council members did not understand why the grant did not cover appliances for the center. Hamilton explained that the grant is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and covers only construction, site work, paving and similar work.
“We can use the funds for building or renovating,” said Hamilton. “It’s clearly marked on the final plans that appliances were not included.”
Council members said they never saw the final plans.
On Thursday morning, the city of Fultondale donated $500 to the Kimberly Senior Center to help with expenses.
Also at the council meeting were William M. Voigt, executive director of Jefferson County Office of Senior Citizens Services (OSCS), and Eloise Staples, OSCS nutrition coordinator.
Voigt and Staples helped explain the day-to-day operations and rules for the senior center.
OSCS will provide meals for senior citizens at the center at no cost to the town or to seniors, although a locked donation box will be available with donations going back to OSCS.
Voigt said there must be a minimum of 25 seniors at the center every week day in order for the OSCS to provide meals. If there are left over meals, the town must pay $2.64 per meal or take them to homebound senior citizens.
“(The seniors) can’t take anything home,” said Staples.
Seniors must be at least 60 years old or be the spouse of a person who is 60 or older.
OSCS will train a manager for the senior center.
Also, OSCS provides $9,100 a year to pay a manager to work five hours a day, Monday through Friday. The manager will be a town employee, hired by the council.
“If the center wanted someone to work full-time, the town must make up the difference,” said Voigt.
In addition, OSCS provides $500 a year for supplies, $1,000 (one time) for recreation supplies like games, $350 a year for training for the manager, $200 for mileage and $300 for outreach to recruit more people.
The town has not yet hired a manager for the center. To apply, or to learn more about the qualifications, call the Town Hall at 647-5551.
There is no date set on the center opening.
By Melanie Patterson