Possible New Senior Center In Folsom

As Baby Boomers are now seniors, Council on Aging St. Tammany (COAST) believes there is a need for a new senior center in the village. COAST Executive Director Julie Agan and board member Bill Magee explain that the organization has several temporary locations that are not really working that they have been operating out of. COAST lost its permanent location six years ago.

The Folsom Board of Aldermen and Mayor Lance Willie opened a discussion with COAST at their latest meeting. During the meeting, both Agan and Magee proposed that COAST builds a permanent facility on village property. In return for its investment in the building, COAST would have primary use of it on weekdays for at least 30 years. The village would in turn own the building and the land and have use of it at other times when COAST is not using the facility.

The draft cooperative endeavor agreement between COAST and the Folsom Board, would be funded by COAST and possibly funded by the Northshore Community Foundation, the Northshore Homebuilders Association and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. Mayor Willie believes that the village-owned lot on Railroad Ave across from the first station would be the proposed location. The village attorney, Roy Burns, will work on a draft agreement between the village and COAST.

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