Clarksburg Takes Over Senior Center
The Berkshire Eagle reports the Council on Aging is expected to nominate more members on Monday morning that can ensure the board can continue.
The fate of the Senior Center has been clouded in recent months as the Council on Aging's members dwindled below the minimum number and they considered dissolving. An influx of interest delayed the center's closure as the town and volunteers sought to find a path forward.
But it's been difficult for long-term members to begin a transfer of the reins and the Select Board last week voted to take over operations of the Senior Center.
The COA requires a minimum of seven members serving no more than two consecutive three-year terms. That's not been the case in years, nor have the nominations been regularly sent to the Select Board for appointment.
Officials are hoping that the first couple of nominations will begin to set that right, though there is concern that the two names being considered are both in their 80s.
The Norcrosses and others at the Select Board meeting noted the COA meets on Monday mornings at 10 a.m., making it more difficult for seniors who may still be working to attend. The COA also has limited hours during the day, which the Select Board reduced further to 10 to 1 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, with exception of 4 p.m. on bingo Tuesdays.