Council approves senior center expenditures

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – The City Council made its first grant from the senior citizen fund Tuesday, but not without some questioning.

The council approved $8,166 worth of equipment requested for the Plymouth Adult Community Center at the Generations inter-generational center after Alderperson Jackie Jarvis failed in an attempt to table the request.

The PACC is the former Plymouth Senior Center, and the grant comes from the city’s segregated fund for the center, created from funds donated to and raised by the center over the years.

The grant was recommended by the Committee on Aging. Alderperson David Williams said the committee was satisfied that the requests met the criteria established by the council for the grant process.

Jarvis said she was concerned that the council had just received the information on the grant that night following Monday’s Committee on Aging meeting and requested additional time to study the issue in greater detail.

“I have asked for documentation on what the intent was for the funds that were donated (to the senior center) and have never received that,” Jarvis stated. “I’m trying to be prudent with how these funds are spent.”

The items covered by the grant include weights and exercise equipment, storage shelves, door and window shades, a storage cabinet for the Wii gaming system and a new welcome desk for the PACC area.

Plymouth Intergenerational Coalition Director Joann Wieland explained that the PACC has seen a huge increase in the number of seniors attending the various fitness classes offered there. “We have a lot of equipment that is wearing out.”

Williams said the new equipment would make the classes safer and more accessible for the seniors at the center. The shades would ensure greater privacy in the rooms used for the exercise classes.

He also pointed out that Generations and the New Life Community Church, which meets in the same room on Sundays, would share in the cost of the shades for the Wellness Room.

“I’m not sure the senior account should be responsible for these kinds of things,” Jarvis commented. “The senior center is a tenant of PIC. I think we’re going to go through the rest of the funds on things that are fixtures for the Generations center.”

“Any council member who has not been down there (to the PACC) should go and you’d have a lot of your questions answered,” Alderperson Jack Fernsler stated.

City Clerk/Treasurer Patty Huberty said the segregated fund has between $60,000 and $70,000.

The grant request was approved by a 5-1 vote, with Jarvis voting no and Alderperson Jim Sedlacek absent.

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