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Warrensburg mealsite may move to Countryside Home

Local seniors, including (seated left to right): Jim Morewood, Gail Blackburn and Ruth Near enjoy food and conversation Nov. 28 at the Warrensburg mealsite, now located in the basement of the United Methodist Church. The mealsite may be moved to Countryside Adult Home due to access problems.

Local seniors, including (seated left to right): Jim Morewood, Gail Blackburn and Ruth Near enjoy food and conversation Nov. 28 at the Warrensburg mealsite, now located in the basement of the United Methodist Church. The mealsite may be moved to Countryside Adult Home due to access problems. Photo by Thom Randall.

— The Warrensburg mealsite is the most expensive satellite mealsite to operate among the eight in Warren County, she said. Cost of operation, including personnel costs, is $80,000 to $90,000 per year, Sabo estimated. About $30,000 of that expense is reimbursed by the state, she said.

The move of the mealsite to Countryside is dependent on whether any state aid to the adult home would be lost due to the shared use of the kitchen and dining facilities, county officials said.

County Administrator Paul Dusek is now researching that issue, Sabo said.

Local mealsite personnel said the move to Countryside, in a rural setting 1.7 miles north of downtown, may cut down on attendance since four or five seniors per day now walk to the site for the meals. They said that the county had proposed months ago that a van would be provided to transport seniors from downtown to Countryside in the mealsite were moved there.

Sabo said personnel of her agency have researched other potential sites, but Countryside was deemed the most viable.

Mealsite cook Roberta Cassidy said that potential problems in moving the mealsite to Countryside include sharing the kitchen facilities while the existing kitchen staff there prepares lunch for about 45 residents. Storage space could also be an issue, she said.

Sabo said the mealsite relocation may occur as soon as January — if the move doesn’t prompt a loss of state aid to Countryside.

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