‘Y’all need to take care of us’

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“Y’all need to take care of us.”

That was the plea regarding the Person County Senior Center from Susan Naylor to the Person Board of County Commissioners at a Dec. 1 meeting.

The commissioners are meeting jointly with Roxboro City Council at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5 to discuss the senior center.

The agenda for the meeting includes an update on the senior center’s services from Diane Cox, executive director of Kerr Tar Regional Council of Governments (COG), which operates the senior center. Commission Chairman Kyle Puryear will also address a potential future site of the senior center, and a closed session to consider the acquisition or lease of property is also scheduled.

Puryear told The Courier- Times Friday that he would be presenting three options at Thursday’s meeting. They include tearing down the former senior center location off Depot Street and constructing a new facility; renovating the former Depot Street facility; or renovating the current Person County Group Homes facility on Main Street and having the senior center become a part of that facility as well.

Thursday’s meeting does not include a public comment period.

The senior center has been housed in temporary locations since early last year when the former location at 121 Depot St. was determined to have structural problems that could cause a safety hazard in extreme weather conditions.

Last May, the senior center was opened in its current temporary location in the Perfect Venue, which is located on Long Avhigh enue behind the Person County Office Building. The center also utilizes the office building auditorium and the Huck Sansbury Recreation Complex gymnasium for some of its activities.

Naylor told commissioners in December the current Perfect Venue site was “not safe” and “not fair.”

Naylor also told commissioners that by the year 2025, “there are going to be more residents in Person County over 60 years old than under 18 years old.”

Barbara Tuck, like Naylor, also addressed commissioners in December.

She said senior citizens “want a facility we can utilize.”

“I beseech you to actively, constructively and quickly” work toward solving the senior center issue, Tuck added.

During December’s meeting, commissioners also heard from Cox, who noted that the Perfect Venue site is a 4,000-square-foot space, while the former Depot Street site was a 12,000-squarefoot space.

“We are grateful for the location we have; however, it has created challenges for us,” Cox told commissioners.

She also said that if needed floor repairs are not made at the Perfect Venue site soon, “we will have to vacate the building,” when the current lease expires at the end of March.

Cox noted that a 4,000-squarefoot space is the minimum space needed in order to secure funding for the senior center.

“I think it’s remarkable [what you’ve done] under the circumstances you have to work with,” Commissioner Jimmy Clayton said.

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