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Southaven senior center put on hold

(WMC-TV) – Senior citizens from across Southaven pleaded with the aldermen for their Senior Citizens Center Tuesday night. The center has been promised for six years.

"I hope it is a political decision because for 16 years my office has fought to build this city," Southaven mayor Greg Davis said.

Southaven aldermen listened during a packed board meeting as their fired up mayor told the aldermen of his disappointment over the tabling of a proposed Senior Citizens Center that has been a priority for Greg Davis.

People in the audience made it clear it is needed.

"We are older people but we are not dead and we have a lot of life left," one participant said.

"We're trying to make Mississippi a better place. We need a senior citizen building where there is some exercise equipment. We need an indoor and outdoor pool," said another.

Right now, senior citizens go to different buildings where there is room to play cards but not much else.

"We're not asking for richer. We want a decent place that we can gather, have tables around the wall so we can have a place for a band and we have room to dance," said one resident.

The aldermen voted to put off talk of the center until after the election in June. There could be a new mayor and new aldermen. Some people thought it was a good idea.

"None of the aldermen have been against that senior citizen center," Southaven resident Linda Temple said. "They just think the funding isn't there."

"I'm upset," Mayor Davis said. "It scares me to death that we have a board and people who can potentially stop the progress of the city."

Several aldermen said that just because the senior center has been tabled indefinitely, it can be brought up at the next meeting, and they are not opposed to it.  It is just a matter of voting on the funding for the six million dollar center.

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