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Senior Citizen Center found non-ADA compliant
By Tom Marshall
Senior Advocate writer

The Montgomery County Senior Citizens Center has been found out of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Officials say the building, located at 302 W. Main St., no longer meets standards of the act and must be upgraded to meet the requirements.
The county has applied for a Community Development Block Grant of up to $500,000 to make the needed repairs, judge-executive Wally Johnson told the Advocate.

The county would have a 15 percent match that could mean as much as $75,000, the county was told.

Last week the fiscal court approved a resolution authorizing Johnson “to establish a committee to receive, qualify, review and rank all proposals submitted to the Montgomery County Fiscal Court for professional architectural services” relating to the project.

Gail Wright, executive director at the Gateway Area Development District, told the Advocate that her agency is currently getting a cost estimate and timeline for the project.

“Once we know that, we will be working with the state to temporarily move the senior center to the Jeffersonville Center until we can get the center up to code,” Wright said. “We are working with both centers to make this move be as smooth as possible.”

She said there is no immediate timeline on when that might happen.
Johnson said officials asked the county building inspector, Mike Haddix, to inspect the center after receiving a complaint that it was out of compliance.

Such an inspection is guided by a 89-page tool to determine compliance, Wright said.

Johnson said one of the obvious problems is the ramp leading from the center to the parking lot out back.

Mary Ray Finneran, formerly Mary Ray Trimble, willed the building, which had been a family home, to the county in 1974 for use as a senior citizens center.

The home is known to most local residents as the Trimble House. A $75,000 trust was also established in which the interest is to be used for upkeep of the property.

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