Direc­tor: Se­nior Ser­vices needs ve­hi­cles, space

The Covington News - - LOCAL - ROB DEWIG news@cov­news.com

Gears are grind­ing at New­ton County Se­nior Ser­vices, where ve­hi­cles are break­ing down and space is so tight peo­ple with walk­ers are hav­ing trou­ble get­ting around.

Tues­day night, Se­nior Ser­vices ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Josephine Brown said she un­der­stood the fi­nan­cial rea­sons why ve­hi­cles she re­quested in 2014 were turned down, but that was be­fore the ex­ist­ing fleet started fall­ing apart.

“My fleet of ve­hi­cles are next to none as we speak,” she said Tues­day.

Wear, tear and dis­tance have taken their toll, she said. In the past, Snap­ping Shoals Elec­tric Mem­ber­ship Coali­tion has given her de­part­ment ex­cess ve­hi­cles, but no more are avail­able and of the two ve­hi­cles they’ve given re­cently have bro­ken down.

She asked the com­mis­sion­ers to some­how, some­where find the money to pro­vide Se­nior Ser­vices with a truck, “prefer­ably a new one.”

The need is there, she said. Ten peo­ple re­cently asked to par­tic­i­pate in the ser­vices the de­part­ment pro­vides, five of whom will need the trans­porta­tion it tries to of­fer with its dy­ing ve­hi­cle fleet.

Com­mis­sion Chair­man Keith El­lis said he’d start work­ing on find­ing ve­hi­cles for the de­part­ment’s use as soon as pos­si­ble.

While she had the podium, Brown broached the topic of ex­pand­ing the se­nior cen­ter. El­lis agreed with that ne­ces­sity, too, telling com­mis­sion­ers he’d vis­ited and seen peo­ple with walk­ers or in wheel­chairs truly strug­gle to move through the crowded build­ing.

“We’ll try to work on (both things) for you,” he promised.

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