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Three resign from Gadsden County's Senior Services board

The start of change in Quincy
Posted: 5:19 AM, Mar 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-13 09:19:54Z
Gadsden county board meeting

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — The future of the Gadsden County Senior Center in Quincy is up in the air after a workshop Tuesday night.

"For the sake of the seniors, I take the challenge of Commissioner Sherrie Taylor, and I will resign," said James Hinson, Board Member at Gadsden Senior Services, Inc.

It took nearly four hours, but three of the eight board members of Gadsden Senior Services, Inc. stepped down.

About 50 seniors and caregivers packed the senior center Tuesday. They made no mistake about what they wanted.

The Area Agency on Aging for North Florida controls the money the board uses for the center.

It's a half-million dollar contract that could be pulled.

The Agency's executive director said the board isn't in compliance with its own bylaws.

It turns out four of the members have stayed past their terms.

County Commissioner Sherrie Taylor said it's making the board dysfunctional.

"These are some good people. You got some good ones, but they're being outnumbered," said Sherrie Taylor, Gadsden County Commissioner.

Some seniors said they're facing discrimination because of race and disability. Others said nothing happens when they report problems.

A former employee said something needs to happen to bring back hope.

"The foremost part that I would want to see is more seniors coming to the center, not just the ones that's been here for years," said Naisha Sanders, a Former Employee.

WTXL tried talking to the remaining five board members. The executive director said she has nothing to say. Meanwhile, another member said she'll continue serving on the board.

The county will hold a special meeting Thursday afternoon about the senior center. One commissioner suggested the county take over the senior center's operations.

That would include the funding and the facility, which the county leases to Gadsden Senior Services.