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Wednesday, June 03 2015

Mayor to Speak to HRC About Senior Services

Adapted from a Greenfield Human Rights Commission (HRC) press release:

The Greenfield Human Rights Commission will hold another public hearing, on Monday, June 8, 2015, at 6PM, in the town hall meeting room, on the need for a new senior center.  The guest speaker of the commission will be Mayor William Martin.

This public hearing is a continuation of the May hearing that was held to hear testimony by the Greenfield Council on Aging (COA) and other senior members of the community who patronize the present senior center.  They spoke to the space and structural deficiencies of the present location at The Weldon.  Last month's discussion also focused on the potential of two sites for a new senior center; the former Davis Street school building, which now houses the administration of the Greenfield Public Schools, and an open site on Wells Street that could be leased long term but that would entail building a new senior center.

Mayor Martin has been interested and involved in the senior center issue with the staff of the center and the COA. The HRC is seeking his present opinion, as the town's decison making authority in this regard, on the current state of alternatives for a new senior center site and the possibilities of moving forward on a plan as soon as possible. Further, the commission seeks to facilitate a dialogue on this issue among interested stakeholders in the community, as well as gather input and opinions as to how the HRC can best support and advocate for the creation of a new Greenfield Senior Center.

Lewis Metaxas, Chairman of the Greenfield Human Rights Commission, stated, "Many of us are interested in and have worked on this issue in the past. This is the first time that I am aware that all of us will be in the same room together for discussion and brainstorming. We made great progress last month. I am hopeful that we can make more progress on Monday evening."

The Commission invites the testimony and participation of all residents of Greenfield and Franklin County that may have an opinion in this regard.