LOGAN — The Hocking County Scenic Hills Senior Center is seeing upgrades in their facility. At the Tuesday morning Hocking County Commissioner’s meeting, approval was given for a change order of $10,278 for additional work to be completed.
According to Sean Brooks, HAPCAP Community Development Manager, the project is “under budget at $327,988.” He asked the commissioners to approve the extra cost of the work that was deemed necessary by the engineer at a cost of $10,278. He confirmed that the funding still keeps the project coming in under budget.
The Senior Center received a grant in 2018 in the amount of $200,000 and then match money was added to it for the expansion.
“Several suppliers for the job have been switched to locals,” shared Brooks with regard to who is getting the business. The commissioners appeared positive about this effort.
“That’s an impressive building. They are doing a very nice job on it,” remarked Commissioner Gary Waugh.
“We are doing an expansion on the back rec. room, social room, putting in two additional bathrooms, expanding the exercise/card room and putting in a proper heating and cooling room, so we don’t have to use baseboard heating that costs a lot,” Executive Director of Scenic Hills Senior Center, Marjorie Moore specified.
She later explained that four additional security cameras were placed on the new expansion portion of the building, outside. They had eight cameras and will now provide additional security with 12 cameras to monitor the seniors.
“We just want to be sure there are no falls and the seniors are safe. The cameras also cover the transportation area. We used to have things come up missing if we put them outside before we had cameras, but since we’ve put them in, we’ve had nothing missing,” said Moore.
A newer initiative of providing educational opportunities on a local level is underway at the center. Moore shared that people will be seeing sessions offered like the current “Matter of Balance,” a 10-week series on fall prevention and an upcoming one on living with a chronic disease like diabetes.
“We have staff who are certified in training for ‘Matter of Balance’ and we will have more staff getting trained at the end of July for the chronic disease trainings,” Moore said enthusiastically. She further explained that there is a need for the local education and that people are interested.
In Laurelville, there is an upcoming “Matter of Balance” series getting ready to begin and the registration is already full at the maximum number allowed of 12.
In addition to the expansion, and the trainings, a United Way grant application is being sent in once again, so the Scenic Hills Senior Center can hopefully receive the traditionally provided $3,600 that they use for transportation.
According to Moore, “Every penny helps, but that amount doesn’t go very far. Transportation is a huge need, especially for out of town appointments, like for specialists.”
Finally, with all of these exciting changes, the community will be invited to an open house around the first of July to celebrate the enhanced version of the center.
“We will have a ribbon-cutting, a dedication of two pool tables that were donated in memory of one of our seniors, and a catered meal,” concluded Moore.