What: Regular Patterson City Council meeting
When: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2
Details: Mayor Luis Molina, council members Deborah Novelli, Annette Smith, Larry Buehner and Dominic Farinha present.
The Patterson City Council unanimously voted on Tuesday, Oct. 2, to fill funding gaps left by cuts in a local senior meals program, granting up to $5,000 to cover meals into January 2013.
The Howard Training Center meals program, administered at the Hammon Senior Center on weekdays, was cut from every day to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in August.
Howard officials cited reduced funds available for the program and an increase in demand.
Local donations and the city of Patterson contribution will restore Tuesday and Thursday meal service.
Councilwoman Deborah Novelli said the training center, a Modetso-based nonprofit that has served seniors and those with disabilities for more than 50 years, let down those who depend on its services.
“The Howard Training Center seems to have broken the faith with the county and the seniors in our community,” Novelli said.
In addition to purchasing meals from the Howard Training Center to provide food on Tuesdays, while soup, salads and pizza will be served Thursdays, thanks in part to volunteers and a donation from Little Caesar’s pizza chain owner John Gauthier.
Council members expressed hope that a more permanent solution can be devised before January 2013.
The meals program is expected to offer seniors three meals a week at sites throughout the county for the rest of the fiscal year, which ends at the end of June, according to Adrianne Chaney, Patterson’s recreation and community services director.
Walmart hours extended
The City Council unanimously granted a request from Walmart construction superintendent Duncan Miller that work on the site could begin as early as 3 a.m.
Miller told the council he would only need to start at 3 a.m. until Friday, Oct. 5, so that concrete could be laid inside the facility. He said most of the early hours work would happen indoors, which should muffle much of the noise.
He added that the 5 a.m. start time would be sufficient following Friday.
His company, HBI Construction, faces a Dec. 19 deadline, Miller said.