As of Friday, June 8, 2012
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Clayton News Daily
Two more town-hall meetings specifically for seniors have been scheduled next week to educate Clayton County residents about the Transportation Investment Act vote on July 31.
The meetings were added at the request of Clayton County Commission Chairman Eldrin Bell, who also chairs the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Aging Services Committee.
“Our population is getting older by the day, and I think we have to take added measures that our senior population is addressed,” Bell said Friday.
One of the senior-friendly projects to be funded by the tax — known as the T-SPLOST — if approved is a region-wide emergency call system that can accommodate medical needs across county lines. Current call systems cover only smaller, local areas.
“Suppose a Clayton County citizen needs medications from Marietta,” Bell said. “I want a system that can take them from point A to point B.”
Bell said he also wants senior input on the need for bus services and sidewalks, both of which would benefit from the T-SPLOST.
“It is critically important that our seniors are included at the highest level,” Bell said.
The first additional meeting is on Thursday, June 14, at the J. Charley Griswell Senior Center inside Clayton International Park in Jonesboro. The second meeting is on Friday, June 15, at Frank Bailey Senior Center in Riverdale. Both meetings are at noon.