Since the new Cedaredge Elementary school was opened, the Hunsicker building has been home for Vision School students.
The classroom wing and the modular units at Hunsicker, and the cafeteria module have remained largely unused.
That could change in the future, as a coalition of several groups is looking at conversion of the Hunsicker cafeteria for use as a congregate meal site for the Surface Creek Seniors. Current ideas also envisage the cafeteria becoming a centralized food prep facility for five of Volunteers of America's congregate meal sites.
Other entities involved in the project's early planning stages are Region 10, Delta County, School District 50, and the Town of Cedaredge.
Some money is being put into preliminary planning and design for the idea. The town and the county have each been awarded $5,000 "Small Changes" grants through the six-county Region 10 organization based in Montrose. Delta County Commissioner Bruce Hovde is currently chairman of the Region 10 Board of Directors.
The town and county will each provide a cash match to their grants. The resulting $20,000 could be used to advance the Hunsicker cafeteria idea with planning and engineering design work, it was reported at a recent Cedaredge Town Board meeting.
Also, at the trustees' July 18 meeting, the town administrator was authorized to negotiate services of a grant writer, and the mayor was given approved to sign an grant writing agreement for further fund-raising work on the idea.
Volunteers of America officials have said that the Hunsicker location could possibly become a cost-saving central food prep facility serving four congregate senior meal sites in Delta County, and one at Olathe. VOA is losing money on its meal site and meals on wheels programs and is looking for ways to cut costs to continue the services to those who most need them.
The Town of Cedaredge is interested in the idea because it would remove the large expense of a commercial kitchen facility from its hopes of building a new, $3-plus million civic center.blog comments powered by Disqus