Ranburne Town Council talks about meal situation for elderly
by Laura Camper
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RANBURNE — The Ranburne Town Council on Monday approved a report on the Senior Center’s meal program which stated that five people are on a waiting list for homebound or on-site food, but council members did not vote on whether to finance more meals.

The center served 380 meals to the homebound and 320 meals to seniors at the center from the second week of December to the second week of January, according to Joy Smith, the director of the center. She did not attend the meeting.

During the month detailed in the report, the center had five seniors on a waiting list for the program — four for homebound meals and one for on-site meals. According to the report, the center serves about 35 meals per day, five days per week.

Councilman Larry Smith asked if the town should come up with more money to feed the waiting seniors.

“I know it’s not getting any smaller,” he said.

Town Clerk Pam Richardson told him two of the people on the waiting list for homebound meals were recently on the list for on-site meals. They remain on the on-site list, Richardson said, so if they are able to return to the center, they can continue eating at the center and be taken off the homebound waiting list.

Smith asked how much the meals cost. The center takes a $1.50 donation for the meals, but the meals cost more than $3 each, Richardson said. The remainder is paid by the city and a small amount of federal funding, she said.

The council approved the report and moved on.

In other business the council:

— Went into executive session with Rebecca Cantrell, the former director of the Senior Center, after she complained that she had not left the job on her own, but had been asked to leave. Cantrell said she was willing to talk in open session, but board member Tommy Jones said it wasn’t her decision. The board hired Joy Smith in November to replace Cantrell.

— Approved purchasing a quarter-page advertisement in the magazine Northeast Alabama Living, a publication of Consolidated Publishing which also publishes The Anniston Star and Cleburne News, to promote Ranburne. The advertisement will cost $230. The council members approved purchasing the ad with the stipulation that the city have the opportunity to approve the copy in the ad before it’s printed.

— Heard the Ranburne Police Department will update its four computers to Windows 7 for $65 per computer.

— Discussed attending the Cleburne County Chamber of Commerce Dinner in February. Smith agreed to attend as a representative of the town and said he would pay for his own ticket.

— Approved a business license for ARM Security, a security company based in Utah, that asked to sell its service door-to-door in Ranburne.

Staff writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

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