Prioritizing their wish list was on the Senior Citizens Advisory Board's agenda Tuesday.

Drew Wells, director of community services, asked for the board's input to be presented to the City Council during the Dec. 11 work session.

“This was an opportunity to relate to the city what the boards would like to see in the facility after community input,” Wells said.

A presentation to the board members on Oct. 10 by the Brinkley Sargent architectural firm gave the first impression of how the present senior citizens' facilities could be renovated or a new facility constructed. The firm was asked to make revisions according to the citizens' needs.

“There were a number of modifications mentioned to accommodate citizens with the renovation or new construction,” Wells said. “Plans have been refined to reflect the requested revisions.”

In public hearings, among the most popular requests were meeting areas, larger dance floor, indoor track, multi-use spaces, exercise room, and an aquatic section.

“This meeting was to fine-tune requests according to the areas thought to be most important,” Wells said. “We will also receive input from the Park and Recreation Advisory Board on Wednesday.”

He said that by prioritizing, items at the top of the list would be considered initially when working with the project funds available.

“This is just one more effort to understand from the boards what they expect in the end and have everything coordinated for the December 11 work session,” Wells said.

The Park and Recreation Advisory Board will meet today at 5:30 p.m. in the Training Room at City Hall.

SHERRY BOARDMAN is a staff writer for the Empire-Tribune and can be reached at or 254-965-3124, ext. 229.