The Plummer Senior Center may move to a new, renovated location next year thanks to an Idaho grant.

Governor Brad Little announced eight Idaho Community Development Block grants would be distributed to six cities in Idaho. One of these grants awards $150,000 to the city of Plummer to convert a little-used ambulance building in the city into a working senior center facility.

Mayor Bill Weems said the city has been working on a grant application for the senior center since 2018, but were unable to move forward before the deadline that year.

“The purpose was to remodel the old ambulance building into a dedicated senior center,” Mayor Weems said. “The Plummer Senior Citizens have been renting space in the Legion Hall for years, and it puts constraints on their budget and time availability for the functions and activities.”

The city’s proposed solution is to renovate the structure to become a meeting hall-style structure, then donate it’s use to the senior center. The intent is to allow the group to operate out of the building without paying any rent or utility fees.

“This way, the city can ‘sponsor’ them and free them and their budget from rent and associated utility expenses, and they can use that savings for their meals, activities or whatever they want,” he said. “It also opens up time availability for any activities or other entertainment they so desire.”

The mayor said work on the ambulance shed is scheduled to begin early next spring, hopefully opening the building for use before summer 2020. The project plans have not yet been finalized.

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