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Macon-Bibb officials respond to seniors

Macon-Bibb's elected officials say the center and the seniors who frequent it haven't been forgotten.

That's after our story last week telling you about senior citizens who say they feel overlooked without a new senior center, while a new state-of-the-art shelter for animals continues construction.

"As a priority, the animal welfare center that we had was disgraceful," Mayor Robert Reichert told 13WMAZ.

That's why the Commission fast-tracked the shelter project and construction, Reichert says.

Meanwhile, voters who backed the 2011 SPLOST also agreed to spend $2 million on a new senior center, bhat project hasn't even made it to the drawing board.

"The senior citizens I think, have been very very patient," Commissioner Elaine Lucas said. "We certainly care about human beings and we certainly do want to push now for maximizing the resources that we have."

Lucas says while consolidation has overwhelmed much of the administration, now that things are starting to settle down, she plans to devote full attention to the senior center.

Mayor Reichert says while all SPLOST projects are priorities, safety concerns made the animal shelter top dog.

"It didn't serve the purpose of the need. It's in the wrong location. It came first as a priority, but we're not putting animals above seniors, for Pete's sake. It's just a priority of which building was in the worse condition," Reichert said.

But now is the time to move on the senior center, says Commissioner Mallory Jones, who championed for a new animal shelter, and a new director.

"The animal welfare center is a very complicated building with complicated venting and that ties into public safety. But at the same time, I understand the seniors saying, 'Well, where is our senior citizens home?' And I'm with you. We need to locate land and get going. That needs to be a top priority," Jones said.

Because one day, we'll all be in their shoes.

"As a senior citizen myself, I'm very interested in this project," Reichert said.

Senior citizens hope that's enough to get them a new home too.


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