The “Red Barn” on Kelly Road is no longer adequate for Flathead County Area Agency on Aging. This building has housed offices, congregate meals, Meals on Wheels and volunteers on a temporary basis for over 10 years. The facts are before us. The multi-purpose of the AOA has grown. The population of seniors has grown. The current facility is very crowded and unsafe. The county commissioners and their staff have studied the problems and know changes are needed.
The staff, volunteers and seniors who are using the current building have waited for years for a safer and more spacious facility that would have a future for them. Having space without bumping into each other and having space that is safe from hazards are critical and necessary improvements.
Seniors have faithfully paid their taxes for many years. Through the years, their participation in our community has enriched the history of the area. Flathead seniors are alive and well, still contributing to the economy and life of this area. I believe the AOA staff, volunteers and the local aging population deserve respect and support in realizing a new facility.
This community will welcome the county commissioners and Kalispell City Council’s decision to move forward on building or buying a spacious and safe building as soon as possible.
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