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GI City Council puts senior center funds on hold
The Hall County Board of Supervisors and the city of Grand Island are still making sense of a half-cent sales tax that the Grand Generation Center of Grand Island says hasn't come through.
The county Board of supervisors Chairman Pamela Lancaster called a luncheon at the Center with the city council.
The Mayor met with the county board a month or so ago to verify documentation that does promise the Center $100,000. Now the question is will the city council vote on it?
If the city council doesn't vote yes to capital improvements for the Senior Center...
"It's really boring to sit and eat by yourself or try and think of something to cook for yourself," said Phyllis Schmidt.
People like Phyllis Schmidt who have used the Senior Center for decades have some concerns.
"We have a problem from the parking lot and the drainage out there during the winter time," said Schmidt.
Schmidt isn't the only one. Other seniors find it rough navigating their walkers and wheelchairs to get to the parking lot.
"Riding up the alley here there's pot holes and and in order to miss the potholes you have to stay on the north side of the alley and if you don't you'll hit the pot holes and then your slated at an angle," said Mary Rempe.
The roof is in poor condition too. There's multiple ceiling leaks throughout the building.
"Simply what we're asking for is exactly the half cent sales tax suggested that construction and maintenance fees be provided to the center," said Lancaster.
But between the county board of supervisors and the city, needed funding was lost in the mix.
"We recently had a skylight issue that cost us $6800. There was no funding provided even though we had gone to the city and requested funding for that there was no funding available," said Lancaster.
But city council members refuse to write a check. They want more information.
"It hasn't been brought to our attention the need here, we need to be made aware of it which we have been now but we need to have some kind of a plan," said council member John Gericke.
"How can you come up with a plan and you got no money and no potential for money. If you're willing to listen we're willing to get the plan to you," said Lancaster.
Three county supervisors and three city council members are scheduled to meet on Thursday to talk about the needs for the Grand Generation Center and the ongoing plans for funding the center.
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