City’s senior citizens requesting new facility
by Jennifer Cohron
Apr 12, 2014 | 1612 views | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CORDOVA — Members of the Cordova Senior Center are ready to move out of the back of the old National Guard Armory, where they have been housed since shortly after the April 2011 tornadoes.

Center manager Syble Keeton asked the Cordova City Council on Tuesday night to consider putting a new facility on the site of the old mill office, which is in close proximity to downtown and the future home of Cordova Fire and Rescue.

“This building could serve the purpose of a community center building that others could use besides the seniors. We think that would be an asset for the city,” Keeton said. “We hope you will work with us and get this building program started. We feel that once it’s started, other organizations will help and finances will come.”

Mayor Drew Gilbert expressed support for the plan.

“We have talked about expanding the park on the mill site. It puts them in the middle of so much more ... I think it’s the perfect location,” Gilbert said.

Gilbert said city officials will begin exploring the costs and other practical concerns of the plan.

In other action, the council

•approved Gardner Architects to create a design plan for the new fire station.

Gardner also designed the city’s new grocery store.

The agreement with the firm is for $10,250.

The council voted in February to purchase a former private residence on School Street for $85,000 and convert it into a fire station.

“Chip (Gardner) has got a pretty good bit of experience in remodeling houses, which is perfect for what we’re doing,” Gilbert said.

•reviewed a bid sheet for fuel that will be sent to local oil companies in Jasper.

Gilbert said city officials recently learned that a bid is required because of the amount of fuel purchased by the city in a given year.