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Three meetings and open house this month on Senior Center issues

The Senior Center Advisory Committee is all ears for those who have ideas for the future of the Ashland Senior Center.

Following up on the plans made in the second meeting in November, the committee will host several events in December, including three public meetings to solicit input and feedback from residents, plus an open house event.

All the events will take place at the Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. The public meetings are on from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays, Dec. 13, 20 and 27. There will be at least three committee members at each meeting, committee Chairwoman Jackie Bachman said.

“We will be charting … inputs from public at these (meetings),” Bachman said Monday. “It’s a way for us to gather comments from the community about the Senior Center.”

The open house is from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and picks up again from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m on Dec. 18. It will be an opportunity for the public to learn more about the center and services provided at the center.

“(The open house) will not be a lot of give and take,” Bachman said. “It will be mostly about giving out information about the center.”

The committee had talked about seeking more public inputs in the previous meetings — several options were discussed such as hosting “office hours” at the Senior Center and creating a platform for residents to submit comments outside of the committee’s meeting.

There hasn’t been a shortage of public comment on the senior program since August. A group called Ashland Support our Senior (Ashland SOS) has been actively voicing their concerns and frustrations at the city’s meetings and in letters to the newspaper. In November, the group launched a recall campaign of three Parks commissioners. Most recently, the group did a “flash mob” event with singing and dancing on Dec. 9 at the Ashland Plaza in hope of raising more awareness about its effort.

The committee is scheduled make a recommendation to the Parks and Recreation Commission in February.

— Reach Ashland Daily Tidings reporter Tran Nguyen at 541-776-4485 or tnguyen@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her on twitter @nguyenntrann.

(Dec. 12: Story updated to reflect that the meetings are public meetings, not public hearings, which require specific noticing and attendance by a quorum of the entity conducting the hearing.)