ETHRA officials meet with staff of Senior Citizens Center

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By Dwane Wilder

LAFOLLETTE—Representatives of the East Tennessee Human Resources Agency visited the Campbell County Senior Citizens Center last week for a standard state assessment in response to complaints from some members about violations of board policy and bylaws.

Aaron Bradley and John Bender of ETHRA met Thursday afternoon with Director Butch Kohlmeyer and other members of the center’s staff to remedy an on-going squabble.

“I think we’re all here for the same reason. We’re here to support the older adults in the community,” said Bradley. “We’ll take a look at the bylaws and offer some suggestions. We’re not on any fast track here.”

The Campbell County center recently approved a new set of bylaws based on a senior citizens organization in Cannon County. The new bylaws will be reviewed every two years to see if changes need to be made.

Bradley suggested the staff come up with a memorandum of understanding with the county, which would essentially be a working agreement between the board and the mayor’s office. He also asked for documentation on elections, which the staff made readily available upon his arrival Thursday. 

Bradley said he would take a look at the bylaws, voting procedures and meeting minutes, and then move forward. He said the staff could expect to hear back from ETHRA in a few weeks.

ETHRA provides some level of support to 22 senior citizen centers in the East Tennessee region.