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Senior Center seeks funding assistance from the County

Speaking on behalf of the Lake County Senior Citizens Association board, Mary Anderson approached Lake County’s Board of Commissioners with a request for funding assistance for the senior center during their Tuesday, June 3, meeting.

The senior citizens board is currently seeking to upgrade the windows at the senior center facility. Numbers presented before the board indicated an expected cost of $36,930, according to an estimated from Robinson Heating & Cooling.

The installation is expected to help reduce energy-related costs for heating the building, Anderson said, with average utility costs estimated at $1,091.69.

Anderson said the initial plan was to simply replace the windows in the sun room area of the building, as it is the side most severely impacted by weather issues. The forementioned energy cost issues led to a larger-scale project, she said.

“Even if it’s not all of them, we would appreciate any that you could do,” Anderson said.

Commissioner and board chair Dan Shoun noted that the county completely supports the seniors of Lake County, but its budget for the 2014/15 year has already been approved by the budget committee.

The County has budgeted for window replacement at the courthouse, an undertaking slated to be done this summer, he said.

Shoun recommended additional discussion with Facilities Mgr. Dave Berman as well as Economic Development Coordinator Fred Smith in seeking potential funding opportunities for the senior center’s window replacement.

Commissioner Brad Winters said he believes the opportunity exists for further reduced costs through grant funding and other programs.  Commissioner Ken Kestner also recommended Anderson look into programs available through the State Department of Energy and the Energy Trust of Oregon.


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