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Commissioners show support, want more information on proposed senior center

August 08, 2007|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

The Washington County Commission on Aging asked the County Commissioners on Tuesday to contribute $800,000 of next year's capital improvements budget toward a senior center in Washington County. The county is the only one in Maryland without a dedicated senior center.

The commissioners expressed support for the project but said they wanted to see more information about possible locations and cost, and asked the agency to conduct a survey of elderly residents to see what they want in a senior center.

"I think this process would start with a survey of existing elderly to see what their desires are as far as a location and what kind of activities they want," Commissioner Kristin B. Aleshire said.

The commissioners said they would work with the agency on planning and building acquisition, but asked for more financial details for the project, which could cost several million dollars.

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"There is definitely a need in the community for a project like this, but it's a matter of getting the details in place," Commissioner William J. Wivell said.

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