On Dec. 31, the Lincoln County Council on Aging (LCCOA) location in Silex locked its doors due to a lack of attendance at events.
There have been four LCCOA sites around the county over the years: Troy, Winfield, Elsberry and Silex.
The building in Elsberry was casualty to a fire in February of 2018 and now the Silex site is being closed.
“We have closed the door on the Silex sight because people were not coming into the facility and it was costing us a lot of money,” Jan Bray said. Bray is the Executive Director of LCCOA.
But the closing of the physical location in Silex doesn’t mean that the services will cease.
“The meals are going to continue to be delivered with no problem,” Bray said.
Other than the meal delivery service, there will be no other services continuing.
Bray said that it is unfortunate that the Silex location has met such a fate, but maybe not totally unexpected given the issues the city has been facing of late.
“It’s sad that it has ended up being like this but unfortunately, Silex is really having issues with a lot of things. The water system, they don’t have a police department any longer,” Bray said.
Bray added that the reality of who the individuals are that LCCOA serves can eventually lead to potential downturn in attendance and participation: it’s the nature of the business.
“A lot of the people that live in Silex are elderly and we’ve had multiple deaths of people that we have cared for and provided food for. So, it is what it is. It’s not a community that is growing, it’s a community that’s dying,” Bray said.
In an email, LCCOA Marketing Director Lindsey Kelley said, “It was a difficult decision that was not made lightly or hastily. We’d like to thank every volunteer and staff that helped serve from our Silex site for the past eighteen years. We hope you all still find a home at one of our other locations.”