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Moulton seniors may get new digs

By Kristen Bishop
kbishop@decaturdaily.com 340-2443

MOULTON — City officials are trying to secure a grant that will allow the senior center to move into the building that now houses City Hall.

City Hall will be moving into the Bank Independent building on Seminary Street early next year.

The Moulton Senior Center is currently in the Jackson House across from Lawrence County High School.

Senior citizens have said the house has inadequate parking, insufficient space for large gatherings and is not handicap-accessible.

Moulton officials applied for a state Housing and Urban Development grant to renovate City Hall for the senior center last year but were denied funding.

"We missed last year, and hopefully, we've got everything ready this year," said Mayor Ray Alexander. "It'll work out better if we get funded this year because we'll be moving at the same time, and it'll tie up nicely."

City and county authorities are working together to ensure senior citizens have a safer, more accessible place to socialize, said Alexander. The city is providing the building, and the county has agreed to match funds for the grant.

Lawrence County also is seeking a federal grant to construct a storm shelter next to the current City Hall.

If approved, the shelter will be connected by a breezeway to the building, said grant writer Charles Sherrod.

Sherrod said it was unlikely that the county would be denied funding "considering Lawrence County is right in the middle of tornado valley."

The storm shelter would be available to all Lawrence County residents, not just senior citizens, he said.

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