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Commission on Aging moving to Aspiring to Serve center

August 10, 2005|by TARA REILLY

HAGERSTOWN

tarar@herald-mail.com

The Washington County Commission on Aging plans to move to the Aspiring to Serve Community Center on West Franklin Street in Hagerstown this fiscal year.

The County Commissioners authorized the move Tuesday.

The Commission on Aging is at 9 Public Square, which it leases from The Alexander House.

Susan MacDonald, executive director of the organization, told the commissioners that it was facing increases in its lease and in fuel costs.

The lease at Public Square would become a year-long commitment and increase by $19,800 per year, while fuel costs would go up by $13,000 per year, she said.

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MacDonald said the increases would mean the Commission on Aging would have to pay $68,000 a year to operate in the current building, MacDonald said.

It costs $36,000 a year to operate there now, she said.

MacDonald said it will cost more a year operating in the Aspiring to Serve building, but the agency will have more room. She also told the commissioners last month that the new building would better serve senior citizens.

Rent in the Aspiring to Serve building would be about $83,600 a year based on an $11-per-square-foot rate. The cost would drop to $8.50 per square foot if the county paid for some renovation costs to the new Commission on Aging facility.

The commissioners decided to go with the $8.50-per-square-foot rate and seek funding from the Tri-County Council and through the Community Development Block Grant program to fit the office, Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said after the meeting.

Commissioner John C. Munson was the only commissioner to vote against the move. He said it would be cheaper long term to buy property for the Commission on Aging facility.

"In the long run, it's cost effective to get your own," Munson said.

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