River Bend

Volunteer Marie Burkhardt cleans up after lunch at the River Bend Senior Center in Fulton, Ill., on Monday. The Fulton City Council discussed plans for the center’s kitchen renovation during the Monday night meeting.

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Herald Staff Writer

 The River Bend Senior Center has been given approval to continue with preliminary plans for kitchen renovations.

City Administrator Randy Balk told the Fulton City Council during the Monday night meeting that the River Bend Senior Center board has been receiving funds through donations and memorials given in memory of Darla Wiebenga. The board wants to improve the center at no cost to the city if at all possible. Balk said the board felt it was time to take these funds and plan updates to the kitchen, which he said would be the driving force of the center.

Balk presented the council with a possible design for the future of the center and preliminary costs for renovations to the kitchen. Plans could include adding an attachment for storage and an entrance to the alley for access to the kitchen.

“But the kitchen that you know there is going to remain as that footprint. We’re just updating everything inside,” said Balk.

Changes in the kitchen will include updates to the walls and ceiling. The center was given a large, vertical refrigerator and freezer. Balk said they may consider trading it in for a smaller refrigerator. The plan also includes a new six-burner stove, a second oven rack, countertops and cabinets, a rehabilitated stove hood from CompanyOne and other features. Balk said the board has been working hand in hand with the Whiteside County Health Department while planning these changes.

Balk said the plans for the senior center are still a work in progress. Ideas for developing the different rooms of the center through donations and grants are being considered.

The council approved the current preliminary plans for the kitchen renovation.

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