Sunday, January 10, 2010

Police Presence at Senior Center

When the mayor visited the Senior Center on Jan. 5, I attended, but took no notes. Instead, I had brought along some yarn to crochet a hat, which I did for the two-hour duration of the visit. I had unraveled a scarf and was repurposing the yarn to accessorize a quilted paisley jacket I got at Second Time Around.

But the meeting did produce a couple of newsworthy items, one being the advent of the long-awaited IT person. And then reading Jackie's blog today, I realized I had a partial answer to her question about the police moving in to the Senior Center.

The downtown Community Police unit had been in leased space in the same building at 305 East Front Street that the seniors vacated for their move to the new center at 400 East Front Street. There had been talk of putting the police unit in the city-owned lower level of the former Tepper's building, but recently it was deemed unsuitable for police uses.

On Jan. 5, the mayor explained that space in the new center would be set aside for the police, although it would mostly be used for writing up reports and such. It would not take anything away from the seniors, who planned the center in conjunction with the developer, but would add security and save money.

The mayor acknowledged Officer Leslie Knight, who had briefly looked in on the meeting. There was some grumbling about police cars taking up parking spaces, but the mayor said seniors are now able to use the rear parking lot.

On other topics, the administration and center staff are looking for volunteers to help unpack from the big move and seniors are also awaiting hookups of computers and a kiln for ceramics. A new pool table is on its way from the Midwest and other adjustments are being resolved.

Crocheting and knitting are very popular at the center. I had hoped to sit at the long table with others making things out of yarn, but all the seats were taken. I finished my hat in some of those late-night/early-morning hours that wakeful seniors and bloggers seem to encounter.

--Bernice

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ask to take a tour of the Tepper building to see 'Tax $$' in use !!!

And ask what will all the money put into it result in ????

Annie, anyone ??

9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why isn't the Tepper's space usable for the police????? That needs to be explained. Is it they can't work there or don't want to be there for aome reason?

1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it's not usable for police, what could it possbly be used for?

6:36 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Thank you, Bernice!

7:58 PM  
Blogger Maria Pellum, Plainfield Resident said...

Beautiful Hat! Love the color and the jacket behind.

Thanks Bernice for sharing the news, maybe I'll send an e-mail to one of my council and ask them about the police item and the space. Thanks again.

1:28 PM  

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