During their first meeting in July, the North Sioux City City Council had a jam-packed agenda in which they approved reopening the Senior Citizens Center and drew a Ward 4 council member.

Senior Center Director Pat Mersch expressed her feelings on reopening the center to citizens. She stated that quite a few seniors had asked her when the center would be reopening as they miss the activities and socialization. Mersch said that the center has 70 chairs, but they could cut that back. Normally, even on their biggest activity – Bingo – the center draws in about 30 people, she said.

The council asked about what measures she would be taking in order to protect seniors from COVID-19 – whether masks would be required, limited distancing, etc. Mersch said there was discussion about limiting the number of people at a table to four, maybe hiring a professional cleaning service and how she had already put the community puzzles away.

See full story in this week’s Dakota Dunes / North Sioux City Times.