Veterans to occupy former senior center

Taylor Six/The Register

The city voted to approve leasing the former senior center to the Madison County Veterans Committee Inc. Tuesday night. 

The Richmond City Commission "joyously ordered" a lease agreement in Ordinance 20-02 to lease the new Richmond Active Living Center on Brighton Avenue to the nonprofit Kentucky River Foothills for functions of services to the new facility.

Some of those services include transportation and coordination of activities and programs.

In the agreement it reserves four conference rooms in the back of the building for KRFH and a large meeting space and conference room to be used by a third party from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays and 6-9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

According to the ordinance, the commission approved a five-year lease with a one-year renewal each year unless a party states otherwise.

The new senior center was officially opened last Thursday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by city officials, the director of KRFH and the director of the center in attendance.

"You'll notice the order says joyously ordered, and if you had seen the faces, they are joyous -- our older adults," Mayor Robert Blythe said.

With the new center up and running, the former center on West Main Street is vacant, but will house the Madison County Veterans Committee Inc. with another lease agreement that was approved Tuesday night.

The city will lease the building for five years to serve county veterans free of charge. However, the document states the veterans group is responsible for maintenance of the facility including replacing the roof, sealing parking blacktop areas and replacing the HVAC units. The group is also responsible for the payment of utilities.

Commissioner and veteran Ed McDaniel first presented the idea to the commission once the facility became available, saying the group may also be able to help provide outreach and services to the homeless population in the city.

"I want to thank Commissioner McDaniel for making this recommendation to the city and for ultimately brokering a deal with our veterans to help service our homeless population," Commissioner Jason Morgan said. "That is very nice work."

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In other business:

• The board heard from Laura Helvey of SPARK Ministries (Special People Advocating Recovery Kentucky) about showing support for recovery of drug addicts in the city who are seeking help and sobriety.

• Rita Smart was appointed to the Richmond Parks Board with a term that will expire in June of 2021.

• Kay Jones was appointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

• An appointment was approved filling three empty positions on the Human Rights Commission by Javier Alvarez-Jaimes, Sarah Durbin and Brenda Todd Douglas.

• Timothy Craft and Michael Smith were hired as senior patrol officers for the Richmond Police Department.

• The commission approved an ordinance reducing the number of board members of the Gibson Bay Golf Course Board of Directors from seven to five. Gary Noland and Jared Elkins were appointed to the board replacing Larry Thornberry, Donald Edwards, Jerome Tudor and Glenmore Jones.

• David Mauck resigned from the administration department having served as its municipal service coordinator for seven years.

• Kathy Staples will be replaced by Kirby Easterling in the Industrial Development Corporation.

• The commission went into executive session regarding personnel. No action was taken.

The next Richmond City Commission meeting will be held Jan. 28, 6 p.m., at Richmond City Hall, 239 W. Main St., Richmond.

Reach Taylor Six at 624-6623 or follow her on Twitter @TaylorSixRR.

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