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Opinion

June 16, 2013

Week in Review

(Continued)

Thursday

Flood-damaged Senior Center closed

The Kokomo Senior Center will be closed for repairs until August after April flooding caused $200,000 in damage.

Senior Center Director Tammy Corn said about 20 inches of water slipped in through the crawl space of the building, which is located in Foster Park, leaving it flooded for the first time in its 38-year history.

“This is the first time the building has ever taken on water,” Corn said. “It’s hung around the building before, and hovered at the door, but this is the first time it’s flooded.”

Corn said currently, the building is being gutted, all of the drywall is being redone, flooring is coming out and electricity and plumbing are being installed. With all of the ongoing repairs, the everyday activities at the center have been disrupted.

The senior center mainly aims to provide activities, meals and socialization for its 790 registered seniors, but due to the temporary closure of the building, some activities and meals have been farmed out to local organizations.

The YMCA will host line dancing, pool tournaments will be held at Rack-N-Cue, and the Area 5 senior lunches are every day at 12:30 p.m. at Terrace Tower apartments, located on South Bell Street. Despite these options, a lot of activities still aren’t available. In normal circumstances, the center offers activities five days a week.

Friday

New look at work release

Howard County may open a work release center as soon as 2014.

The Howard County Community Corrections Advisory Board Thursday voted to create a committee to look at several issues, including locations and costs, for opening a center.

Discussions centered on using the second floor of the Howard County Government Annex, located downtown, or the former Kokomo Academy building on Berkley Road as possible sites for the center. The Kokomo Academy was formerly the county jail and also served as a juvenile facility.

The advisory board agreed a work release center should be able to house both males and females in separate facilities within the same location.

Superior Court 3 Judge Doug Tate said he brought up the concept earlier this year with the hope of having it in operation in 2014.

“This is long overdue,” Tate said. “We need a study to determine if it’s feasible.”

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