September is senior center month in Clearwater


By Michelle Leidy-Franklin

CLEARWATER – Mayor Burt Ussery made a proclamation recognizing the month of September as senior center month during the Clearwater city council meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 23.
Senior Center director Amber Ives gave an update on the activities at the senior center as part of the presentation for senior center month.
“I would encourage people to attend our events and volunteer their time down at the senior center,” said Ives.
Ives said the Senior Center is currently in need of volunteers to help drive seniors to appointments and other activities. The center also needs volunteers to come in and help keep seniors company by visiting with them and playing games. Kids are welcome to come to the center for a quiet space to do homework and interact with older adults.
“They love having kids come visit,” said Ives. “When we have asked our seniors what it is that they want for Christmas, most of the time they say they want their family to come visit them. Not all of them have family in the area.”
The center is currently accepting donations for crafting and cooking items. Classes are regularly held at the center to engage residents. Walmart gift cards also provide a significant benefit to the center for purchasing necessary items for the classes.
The week of Labor Day, the Senior Center will be closed to have a new floor installed.
In other business:
• The council approved the ride service volunteer program agreement.
• The council approved resolution 15-2022 that allows the city to exceed the revenue neutral rate.
• The council approved the 2023 city budget.
• The council approved a permit for the booster club to have a fountain fireworks display at the city park.
The council approved the establishment of the Hammer’s Prairie Park and Nature Center.