Senior Center votes to delay reopening to after original Aug. 3 proposal

By Melissa McCaghren

Slatonite GM

The Slaton Senior Citizens Center will be waiting a little bit longer before they reopen to seniors.

The group voted in a telephone conference Wednesday morning (July 7) to delay reopening the center. The 8-2 decision was based on the recent uptick in COVID-19 reports in Texas.

Director Nita Williams said she was not too surprised with  the decision to delay.

“At the June board meeting there was barely a majority vote to open on Aug. 3.  The board had called a special board meeting for July 8 to discuss whether or not the Aug. 3 opening was still viable due to the increasing number of active cases in Slaton,” she said. “I immediately notified the Board President, Jo Lacy, and between us we decided to have the board meeting via phone and vote on whether or not to open the center on Aug. 3.”

Williams said she agreed with the decision. “My choice, as Director, has always been to remain closed to not only protect the staff but to safeguard the seniors which attend the center.  My concern is if someone comes to the center and unknowingly has the virus, multiple people could become infected.  The health and well-being of the center participants is most important.”

For more information, please read the Thursday edition of The Slatonite.

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