(05/04/2005)
The Minnora Senior Citizen Center will be closed for about 30 days because of water problems, according to CCCOA Director Mike Ritchie.

Ritchie said the well-water has been "off and on" for quite awhile, and he is concerned about having safe, drinking water for the seniors and people who will be using the center.

The well's certification has expired and must be renewed. A representative from the Department of Environmental Protection assessed the problem yesterday, and is recommending upgrades to make the well safe for the public.

New people will be trained to test the water well, Ritchie said.

Among problems being addressed include a new pump and chlorinating system.

Ritchie said "The center's closing presents a temporary inconvenience, but we felt it should be fixed right." West Fork seniors will be transported to the Grantsville center on Wednesdays during the down time.

"We will be putting a new face on the center," said Ritchie, which he hopes will make the community proud, including improvements and routine maintenance of the property.

The new senior center building will be moved to the upper lot this summer, and bids for a foundation and other needs have already been advertised.

President Kenny Bailey of the Minnora Community Center has announced a meeting for Tuesday, May 10th, at 6:30 p.m to make a final decision whether or not to lease the gym from the senior center. Bailey is inviting the community to voice their opinion (655-8549) regarding the project.

Ritchie said he has met with community members and is hopeful Minnora Center supporters and community members can become a part of "something we can all be proud of."

Questions concerning senior services, call the Grantsville center at 354-7017.


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