City seeking input on new senior center

Published 5:00 am Thursday, September 4, 2008

Brookhaven officials will host a meeting next Tuesday forinterested individuals to discuss plans for the city’s new seniorcitizens center.

The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the city boardroom. Thesenior center, to be built with grant and city funds, will belocated downtown next to the government complex.

“Of course our seniors will be invited,” said Mayor BobMassengill during Tuesday’s board meeting. “And anyone who wants tobe a part of the planning of this facility.”

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Massengill said the point of a public meeting to discuss plansand to make certain the center is a facility that suits the needsof those who will be using it.

“We don’t want to have a large room with a big screen TV if wedon’t need one, or four rooms for playing cards if we need five,”he said. “We want input.”

After some discussion of different area groups that should bespecifically invited to the meeting, Massengill also offered asuggestion for naming the facility.

“I think we should name the senior citizens’ center after (lateBrookhaven Public Works Director) Jimmy Furlow,” he said. “Jimmyloved this city, and the people of this city loved him, and I’dlike to see this be a tribute to him.”

Furlow, known for his hard work and numerous volunteer efforts,died in a dozer accident at the city landfill in 2005.

The mayor asked the board to consider the suggestion, but nottake any immediate action on it.