Town of Roseboro, leaders, citizens need to work together to find a solution to nutrition site problem

Roseboro’s nutrition site needs a home, and we hope the town’s commissioners, its citizens and county leaders, together, can find an acceptable resolution that will provide the community’s senior adults a permanent facility.

The town’s seniors deserve it.

Since 1973, the nutrition site has been open and offering nutritional meals to senior citizens on a daily basis. Those who haven’t been able to travel to the site have even had their meals delivered. Ending that program should not be on the table; finding it a new home should.

It is to the credit of Roseboro Mayor Alice Butler and town commissioners that nutrition site participants haven’t been abandoned so far; it is our belief they will stay that course, working hard to find a permanent home for a program that can ill afford to be dismissed.

That the old site is in desperate need of repairs the town cannot afford to fund should not matter. No one should expect the town to fork over thousands upon thousands of dollars to repair a dilapidated building that has also seen its share of vandalism. That’s not a wise use of taxpayer dollars.

What should matter, though, is where the program will go come Feb. 28, when a contract allowing use of the old Charles E. Perry Elementary School ends.

That’s where the town board, Roseboro residents and county leaders should enter. Whether it’s renewing a contract at Perry, searching for an affordable building or locating someone willing to donate space, it’s these groups who can make the difference and ensure that a long-time nutrition site remains open and available for those who need it.

Our first hope would be Perry. The nutrition site has been up and running in the old school since October and apparently has served seniors well. If there are no plans to utilize the facility in some other capacity (and we haven’t heard of any), then it looks like town leaders and county officials can put their heads together and come up with a reasonable solution that doesn’t present a financial hardship.

If for some reason that can’t be ironed out, then our second hope would be that someone would offer up a building, either for affordable rent or, better still, as a donation, paving the way for the nutrition site to have a new home.

There are ways to fix this problem; all it takes is everyone putting their heads together and finding that way now rather than later.

It appears Roseboro’s commissioners are willing to do their part and more to ensure the program continues, and they are to be commended for their continued support. The clock is ticking, though, with Feb. 28 less than two full weeks away, so what is going to be done needs to be done with some urgency.

Roseboro officials should take the lead now, but we encourage others to support them, ensuring seniors have a place to get their meals come March 1.