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The Anderson County Commission approved a measure Monday night that knocks down one more hurdle in senior citizens’ quest for a new senior center.
Commissioners voted unanimously to ask Mayor Terry Frank to formally request, in writing, that ETHRA voluntarily end its contract to operate the Office on Aging and instead cede control to the county. That, coupled with the formality of submitting a request for proposals—or RFP—for vendors with a possible site, means that the Office on Aging is indeed one step closer to moving into a new and larger building.
Currently, they have an offer for a lease on a building on South Seivers Boulevard in the heart of Clinton to serve as a new senior center and all indications are that once the bureaucratic hurdles are cleared, they could begin moving in by the end of this summer.
Also on Monday, commissioners voted to start an ankle bracelet pilot program to monitor indigent, non-violent, misdemeanor offenders at a cost of roughly $7 per day. To house an inmate in the jail costs between $50 and $60 a day, and this measure was recommended by the Alternatives to Incarceration Committee.
No more than 20 offenders per month would have the monitoring devices and would wear them for up to 60 days at the discretion of county judges. The Commission will meet next Tuesday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss this year’s budget proposal. If needed, a second special-called meeting would be held on Monday, June 29.
In the event that the state has not certified a tax rate following reappraisals by July 1, the start of the new fiscal year, Commissioners on Monday did adopt a continuing resolution that will keep the government funded until the tax rate can be finalized.
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