The Shelby County Senior Center received some financial support from the Shelbyville City Council Monday evening.
Andrew Cichalewski, representing the Senior Center Board, asked for a $5,000 donation from the city to help with expenses for the center.
“We do monthly fundraisers, trips, have the store (Senior Center Plaza Boutique), received memorials to help with the expenses,” Cichalewski said. “We pay two wages and utilities. We’re just surviving.”
Commissioner Bill Shoaff countered with a $4,500 donation.
Commissioner Gib Smart further countered the request. He said he believes the City funds should be used for City expenses and infrastructure and not for organizations. Smart also presented to the council the ordinance authorizing a commission for the Senior Center.
Cichalewski told the council that the building was constructed 12 years ago from a grant from the Department on Aging and an agreement with the city was made to build in Forest Park and that the city would supply water and sewer.
“We (the Center) support city activities. It’s a give and take program. This is service to seniors to gather together. This is a place that’s home for our senior citizens,” Cichalewski said.
He added that a board was formed to manage the finances of the center and that a commission is not necessary.
“I’m not trying to kill the program. I’m trying to save it. I think a commission would help,” Smart said.
“We want to keep the center open,” Cichalewski said.
The ordinance will be reviewed and discussed at a future council meeting. Smart said he would vote no on the donation motion unless the ordinance was part of the motion.
The council voted 4-1 approving the donation.
City engineer Alan Spesard and General Dacey Trail chairman Jerry Yockey presented news about the grant awarded for the Phase 8 of the trail which travels from North Washington to North First to North Morgan and east on Sixth Street to the Blyman Addition road in Glenwood Cemetery.