Pulaski Village Board wants popular senior activity center to stay open

PULASKI, Wis. (WBAY) - Pulaski Village Board members say they'll do their best to keep the Pulaski Adult Activity Center running. This comes after the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) pulled out thousands in funding for the popular gathering place for seniors, leaving the center with no choice but to ask the village for help.

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During the meeting, 90-year-old Agnes Christensen told the Pulaski Board she uses the Pulaski Adult Activity Center three times a week.

"I've met a lot of wonderful people and made a lot of new friends, which without the center I wouldn't have been able to do that," said Christensen.

Christensen says at her age it's crucial to stay active and keep your mind going.

"For me it gives me a reason to get going in the morning, it gives me a reason to go someplace and do things and be with people," she adds.

The board agreed to make sure the center stays open but has no idea how or where they're going to get the money.

"We never know where the next nickel is coming from, and we suffer from shrinking revenues every year," said Village President Reed Woodward.

The activity center’s president, Larry Puzen, says he’s still feeling optimistic.

"I feel a little better than when I first walked in to this meeting, but anything can happen after the door closes. I would feel optimistic that we will get some help though," said Puzen.

The center's coordinator retired this year, and Puzen says they need anywhere from $16,000 to $20,000 to hire a new one and keep the building serviced.

For the next two months the ADRC will continue giving the center some money, but Puzen says they will still need an additional $500 a month to stay afloat until help from the village board comes along.

"I believe the board should help us, and I believe they will, maybe not this year but hopefully next year," said Puzen.

"I think this meeting is kind of encouraging, because I would not want to see that center closed. I think it benefits a lot of people directly and indirectly," Christensen says.

If the village can't fund the activity center, Puzen says he will have to resort to volunteer programs, grants, help from area businesses and fundraisers.

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