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Surgoinsville leaders want to put senior, community center in Ruritan building

November 20th, 2013 9:57 pm by Jeff Bobo

Surgoinsville leaders want to put senior, community  center in Ruritan building

ROGERSVILLE — Surgoinsville leaders want to transform the town’s former Ruritan Club building into a senior  and community center, a move that will require the permission of the Hawkins County Board of Education. 

Several Surgoinsville leaders addressed the BOE’s Building and Grounds Committee during a workshop Monday evening to request a lease for the building, which is located between the Surgoinsville middle and elementary schools. 

The building was constructed at the same time as the schools for the purpose of housing a live-in custodian but is currently leased to the Surgoinsville Ruritan Club, which has disbanded.

Surgoinsville Mayor Johnny Greer told the committee Monday that the Board of Mayor and Aldermen would like to lease the building for use as both a senior center and a community center.

Surgoinsville doesn’t currently have a senior center, and it’s only public community center is in the basement of City Hall, which isn’t ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible. 

The Surgoinsville Medical Board, which funds local public building projects, has agreed to put a new roof on the building and make other minor repairs.

School maintenance director Bill Shedden, who sits on that committee, said he obtained an estimate of $3,800 for a new roof for that building.

Greer said that if the old Ruritan facility is converted for city use, the basement of City Hall would be converted for use as a Surgoinsville museum and archives.

The issue is expected to be placed on the agenda of the Dec. 5 BOE meeting.

Director of Schools Charlotte Britton said the county attorney will need a letter from the Surgoinsville Ruritan before that Dec. 5 BOE meeting confirming that it has disbanded.

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