The Winters Senior Activity Center will be open for business Dec. 27, after a meeting of a subcommittee agreed upon the usage of the building moving forward.

The Winters Senior Activity Center will be open for business Dec. 27, after a meeting of a subcommittee agreed upon the usage of the building moving forward. 

Winters Mayor Lisa Yates said that the group met Wednesday, Dec. 14, and it was determined that the senior activities and events could resume at no charge to the senior groups. 

"The intent was to get it opened as quickly as possible," Yates said. "Everyone was very cooperative during the process." 

The subcommittee comprised of Yates, Councilman Rene Woffenden, and John Long, chairman of Friends of the Senior Citizens of Winters, came up with the plan to reopen the center at no cost to seniors for their activities. 

"They did everything we requested them to do," Long said following the meeting. 

The building, which has been used for the Senior Meals Program for years, was temporarily closed when seniors who had been holding activities there, turned in their keys to the building. The Senior Meal Program ended Oct. 1 after county commissioners voted to end funding for the program.

At the time, the locks were changed on the building for liability purposes, Yates explained. 

Initially, senior citizens who utilized the facility were concerned that they were not going to be able to continue to use the building. However, after the subcommittee formed and meetings were held, the city and the seniors groups were able to come to an an agreement. 

Under the present agreement, the seniors will be able to obtain a key at city hall and hold their regular events such as games and a pot luck dinner on Friday nights. Then they must return the key after each event. 

The city will continue to pay the utilities, including water, gas, electric, sewer and trash on the building and for clean up and maintenance, Long said. 

The city is currently working on a list of policies and pricing for the usage of the building for private events. 

"We are very happy with the outcome," Long said.