Interest continues around senior centre


There continues to be a lot of public interest in the Fort Frances Senior Centre board’s deliberations surrounding the feasibility of moving the current centre to the town’s former day care building, according to Coun. Wendy Brunetta.

Coun. Brunetta, who serves on the senior centre board, said Tuesday evening they have received many individual presentations during the public portion of their board agendas.

At a meeting earlier on Tuesday, it was decided the board should move on from the public input portion of their deliberations due to the level of consultation that’s already occurred.

To date, the board has obtained a cost estimate regarding possible renovations at the current centre and an operating cost comparison of the two facilities.

For public input, the board conducted a survey at the seniors’ fair in June of this year, held an open house at the day care on Oct. 5, and did a second survey which was completed for Oct. 31.

Moving forward, the board will continue to do their research surrounding the senior centre’s potential relocation by reviewing the results of the last survey and getting a cost estimate to renovate the day care that can be compared to the cost of renovations to the current centre.

They will also research the availability of grants to renovate the current senior centre or the day care building.

Meanwhile, the Age Friendly Committee, in conjunction with the senior centre board, was successful in obtaining a recently applied for grant to hire a volunteer co-ordinator for seniors.

The hiring process has been completed and the person who’s been selected will be announced shortly.