By Phil Stilton
JACKSON–Jackson Township is seeking input from the community on how to spend grant money made available through the 2013 Community Block Development Grant program. At the January 22nd council meeting, the township held the first public community hearing regarding the grant. No members of the public spoke or offered suggestions.
Township Clerk Anne Marie Eden said a request had been made for improvements to the Jackson Senior Center from within the township. A proposal was read into record by Eden on behalf of Sheri Silversmith, administrator of the Senior Center.
Eden said Silversmith would like to see the town spend $179,000 of the grant on improvements at the Jackson Senior Center.
The plan calls for an on-site generator ($62,000), new push button front doors ($10,000), new steel doors internally ($5,000), replace flooring for the center and add a new room ($60,000), installation of handicapped accessible items ($20,000).
The public is invited to attend the Wednesday, February 13th council meeting to offer suggestions at the second public hearing. In past years, the grant money has been used for projects such as the construction of the Jackson Skate Park and various township playground improvements.