Senior Connection moves to city recreation building

Published 7:23 pm Monday, March 28, 2011

Senior Connection will start holding its meetings in the city of Clanton’s Recreational Building.

The Clanton City Council voted Monday to allow the senior citizen group to use the building on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon at no charge.

Chilton Medical Center announced last week that it would no longer support the program as part of budget cuts.

Senior Connection meetings generally include exercise, health education, guest speakers and fellowship time. The group has about 80 active members and averages about 40 people for its thrice-weekly meetings.

“We sure don’t want it to go on the wayside,” said Vanessa McKinney, Senior Connection coordinator who is now volunteering with the program. “A lot of people count on it.”

The council voted to allow Senior Connection to use the building, saying that other groups seldom asked to use the building during weekday mornings.

“Let’s give it a shot and see how it comes out. I think it will work,” said Mayor Billy Joe Driver.

In other business, the city hired several part-time summer employees for City Park and E.M. Henry Park.

The council also granted a wine and beer license to the Exxon station near Shoney’s on Lake Mitchell Road.