After the recent letters to the editor, I wish to clarify the annual $50 nonresident fee charged to clubs, groups and organizations that meet regularly at the Fairfield Senior Center. This is not a new fee and has been in effect since July 2010.
In 2009, a study group was formed to develop recommendations for increased revenue and/or decreased expenses at the Senior Center. The study group consisted of members of the Senior Advocate Committee (seniors who are either appointed by the City Council or elected by seniors who attend the Senior Center) and the Senior Center facility and programming staff.
The study group met 11 times between August 2009 and January 2010 to develop their recommendations. One of the recommendations was to charge an annual $60 nonresident fee through the clubs, groups and organizations that meet regularly at the Fairfield Senior Center for each of their nonresident members. The study group also recommended that the fee be charged at the rate of $5 per month to ease the financial burden to the groups.
The Senior Center Study Group Report was presented to the Senior Advocate Committee at its Jan. 28, 2010, meeting, followed by a question-and-answer period. The meeting was well-attended by the clubs, groups and organizations that meet regularly at the Senior Center. The Senior Advocate Committee unanimously adopted the report and forwarded it to the Community Resources Commission, which approved the report at its March 10, 2010, meeting and forwarded it to the City Council. The City Council approved the report at its April 8, 2010, meeting and the nonresident fees began in July 2010.
Many groups use the Fairfield Senior Center and they not only pay the nonresident fees, but volunteer their time and effort to maintain areas of the Senior Center. It is this spirit of ownership that has long made the Fairfield Senior Center a great place for seniors to enjoy.
Assistant Community Resources director