WEST ALLIS -- Hundreds of elderly residents in West Allis may soon be out of critical resources. The Common Council is expected to vote on Wednesday, Feb. 19 on a resolution that would close the city's only senior center.
Volunteers also connect some 400 members with food programs, transportation, and housing.
"People feel like it's a community here. I really do believe that it contributes to the health of all the elderly who come here if, for no other reason, they have the opportunity to talk to friends every day," said Mary DeVitt.
But that resource may soon go away if the West Allis Common Council approves a resolution to consolidate and relocate the center's activities.
Supporters of the resolution say the city can no longer afford the center's $250,000 annual operating costs.
Council President Thomas Lajsic is proposing other facilities instead share the responsibility of providing those services.
"We wouldn't close it and leave the seniors hanging out there with no programs out there, obviously," Lajsic said. "We're looking at the possibility of partnering with some of the senior facilities in the West Allis area."
"The state is preparing for a silver tsunami," said Deborah Tiegs. "It would be devastating."
The Common Council is voting on the resolution on Wednesday evening. If it moves forward, the goal is to come up with a plan by July 1.