PAC forms for senior center ballot question |

PAC forms for senior center ballot question

by Regina Purcell, Staff Writer

SAFE, a new Douglas County political action committee, has formed to help pass an initiative on the ballot during the general election in November.

Seniors, Arts, Families, Entertainment, Exercise and Education, (SAFE), will work toward passage of Question 1.

The question proposed on the local ballot is for development of a new senior center, community recreation center, and cultural arts center in Carson Valley and a consolidated senior center and library near Lake Tahoe.

“Without question our old (present) senior center has far outlived its usefulness,” said Paul Lockwood, representing the senior advisory board for Douglas County and president of the new PAC.

“We don’t have enough room to feed people anymore and not enough kitchen space.”

He said the ballot question includes construction of four buildings in the county: a new senior center, a civic center two years later, and a cultural arts center after that in the Valley; and in the meantime, Lockwood said there would also be a senior center/library built at Kahle Park in Stateline.

SAFE met for its first meeting March 29, and will meet again April 19. The officers were elected, including President Paul Lockwood, Vice Chairman Ron Sandstrom, Secretary Margaret Colescott, and Treasurer Richard Sowers.

Residents interested in passage of this ballot question are encouraged to attend the next SAFE PAC meeting at 6 p.m., Monday, April 19, at the Carson Valley Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane in Gardnerville.

n Regina Purcell can be reached at or (775) 782-5121, ext. 211.