It seems the senior citizens of Webster City have found their voices and their cause - finding a way to keep the senior citizens center from closing.
It was revealed during City Council budget sessions earlier this year that one way of cutting costs would be to shut down the center at 749 Second St. It was estimated that $30,000 a year could be saved if the doors were closed.
Last Monday night, more than 60 seniors crowded into the City Council chambers to address the local elected officials. Bob Erickson, acting as spokesman for the group, outlined the group's intentions to bring in more activities and more revenue to the center. A folder filled with petitions and signatures in support of the center was also presented to the council.
According to the Iowa Department on Aging statistics, there were 3,800 people in Hamilton County over the age of 60 in 2010. That's about one-fourth of the county's population. Of that number, 1,564 were age 75 and older, and more than 500 were over age 85.
These folks are the veterans who served their country so honorably. They are the businessmen and women who helped build Webster City. They have served on city boards and commissions. They taught our children in the local schools. They are farmers and laborers who spent their careers in fields and factories. For everything they have done for Webster City, can't we find a way to give them a place to gather?
The Daily Freeman-Journal applauds the efforts of those taking a stand to save the center. We urge city officials and the senior citizens to work together to find a feasible way to keep the center open and active.