Prestonsburg Major Jerry Fannin presented a check for $1,000 to center director Al Gunter after Gunter and his staff met with Fannin about the need for continued funding from the city, even in light of a recent decision to join the newly formed Floyd County Senior Citizens Centers consolidation.
“We went to them to let them know more about our decision to join the Floyd County group and explain our continued needs,” Gunter said.
The center, according to Gunter, will receive $1,000 each month from city coffers, which will be used to help maintain one of the more important services Gunter and his staff provide to seniors in the Prestonsburg area.
“This will help us fund our Meals on Wheels,” continued Gunter. “We’re budgeted to do 60 meals a day and prepare probably around 100 meals. The money they have donated out of the kindness of their hearts will help us keep this going because, like everything else, the price of food is going up”
Fannin and the city council voted last month to have the center join the other six centers in the county to come together under one umbrella, a movement spearheaded by Floyd County Judge-Executive R.D. “Doc” Marshall, who had said the consolidation would have continued even if Prestonsburg’s center had not decided to join.
Prestonsburg city leaders voted unanimously last month to have the center join the others, but with provisions that included a note that any fundraising money collected by the Prestonsburg center would remain at that center. In addition was a stipulation that $12,000 would be set aside to be given to the center.
Fannin has agreed with Marshall that uniting the seven centers throughout the county would open up doors for more federal funding for all the centers, while helping those such as Wayland, Mud Creek, Betsy Layne and Wheelwright, who had all but fallen off the federal funding list.