Plans moving forward for Senath community building

SENATH, MO (KAIT) - Senath Mayor Joe Lane says the Senath Community Center construction fund is increasing steadily.

Since the Senath City Council approved plans in February 2012 to build a community center at the corner of Maple and Main Street, land and $35,000 has been donated.

Mayor Lane estimates the project will cost $125,000.

"We're going to try to bring the little town back to life," Mayor Lane said. "We could rent it out for parties, family reunions."

Mayor Lane also said it could be used to house residents during disasters.

Delbert Lawrence said the city has needed a multi-purpose building for several years, most recently during the ice storm of 2009. "We was out of power, we was out of cable vision and all that. Some of the phones weren't working. If you didn't have a Cricket phone you didn't have much."

"We were without electric for 20 days here and we had to use the local churches for shelter, and it was overcrowded," said Mayor Lane.

"I think it would definitely help if we have another disaster to have one central location where everyone could go to," said Ken Johnson.

Mayor Lane said funding for the building will not come from the sales tax increase voters passed in November 2011. "None of the sales tax off the bond issue we passed, none of that will be spent on the community building. It's totally a separate situation."

Residents who want to contribute can donate to the community building fund at Senath State Bank on Commercial Street.

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