Community Action needs funds to help keep senior center meals program

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By Brandon Mattingly

Georgia Briney, director of the congregate meals program at Central Kentucky Community Action made a request for funds at a regular scheduled fiscal court meeting on Monday.

The request was made to help cover the costs of meals at the Springfield Senior Citizens Center.
Briney said the program took a loss during the last fiscal year and is headed toward a bigger loss this year.
“This past fiscal year, this program lost $60,802,” she said. “This fiscal year we’re projected to lose over $100,000.”
The program spans several counties, with Washington County being responsible for $6,344 of last year’s total loss.
Briney said there is more need for the program now than ever, and the fiscal court’s assistance is needed to limit the losses for the year.
The Lincoln Trail Area Development District reimburses a portion of the cost of providing the meals, but many expenses remain. The only other income to help cover the cost of the meals comes from donations from the senior citizens.
“Some of them donate a dollar per meal and some donate two dollars per meal,” she said. “Some don’t donate anything because they can’t afford it.”
According to Briney, Community Action has applied for a grant with Wal-Mart asking for $100,000.
However, she said they’ll be fortunate if the grant is for $30,000, leaving a projected loss of $70,000 unaccounted for.
Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said the court needs time to review its budget before deciding how much money it can contribute, and where the funds would come from.
“If we do make any kind of contribution at the next court meeting (Nov. 28),” he said, “we will have a lot more information for the court, and entertain a motion at that time.”
The court decided to accept the re-alignment of several Washington County roads on Monday.
Bluegrass Road and Terrell Ridge Road underwent changes due to construction on US-555. Old US-150 in front of St. Catharine College, Brookside Drive and Willis Lane were also re-aligned following the addition of the US-150 bypass.
Bridge repair
Magistrate Hal B. Goode made a motion that went without objection to move forward with the repair of bridges on Logan Road and Mayfield Lane. Settles said the attention the repairs need is beyond the capabilities of the county and the search will begin for someone to make the repairs.
New health
department board member
The court voted unanimously to make Robbie Polin the newest Washington County Health Department board member. Polin is appointed to serve a four-year term on the board.
“He’s serving now as the treasurer of the local health department. He’s also a district board member and he’s very good about attending the board meetings. He does a good job on the district board and also the local board.”
All magistrates were in attendance. The next regular scheduled meeting is Nov. 18.