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City Council targets services for seniors

November 26, 1998|By JULIE E. GREENE

Providing services for senior citizens and finding a new use for a former nursing home were among the requests the Hagerstown City Council heard at a public hearing Tuesday night.

The Washington County Commission on Aging wants to hire two part--time workers to help low- to moderate-income senior citizens with yard work, home repairs and heavy cleaning next year, said Dot Boone, the commission's planning director.

The work would be done between April and September for people at least 60 years old in the North Jonathan Street area, West End, South End and around Public Square, Boone said.

Boone said she expected the commission to request $6,142 from the city. The commission also is asking the Washington County Gaming Commission for money, she said.

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The hearing was held to hear community needs to help the council determine how to spend federal community development block grant funds.

About $1.6 million is expected to be available for such projects in fiscal 1999-2000, which begins July 1, 1999, said Community Development Department Manager George Andreve.

Peter E. Perini Sr. said he wasn't asking the council for funding, but looking for help to reuse the former Garlock Manor at 241 S. Prospect St.

Magnolia Management Inc. transferred residents from Garlock to their new nursing home, Julia Manor on Mill Street, on Nov. 1, said Perini, Magnolia's vice president.

Julia Manor has 84 beds compared with the 37 beds at Garlock, he said.

Possible reuses for Garlock Manor could be a shelter or home for the developmentally disabled, Perini said.

The deadline for written project recommendations is Jan. 4, 1999. Written comments can be sent to the Community Development Department, City Hall, 1 E. Franklin St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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