DAYTON - Much to the delight of Dayton's senior citizens, a senior center expansion project may become a reality sooner than expected.
In February, Lyon County commissioners chose the Silver Springs General Improvement District and the Fernley Senior Center projects as the county's applications for grant funding.
Limited to two choices, the commissioners had said no to the Dayton Senior Center, as well as two requests from the Silver Springs Mutual Water Co. and the Mason Valley Swimming Pool District .
It has now been determined that support for the Silver Springs GID wastewater treatment project is eligible to come from a different source and would not need block grant funding, creating the opportunity for commissioners to choose another project.
Last week, the board moved the Fernley application up to their number one choice and placed the Dayton Senior Center request in the number two slot.
If awarded, the grant money will be used toward the building of a new multi-purpose room at the Dayton center, alleviating crowding problems caused by a rapidly growing membership.
According to County Administrative Assistant Maureen Willis, both applications will be forwarded to the Department of Housing and Urban Development for consideration. How many are selected depends upon how much funding is available. Lyon County has often had both of its submittals chosen in the past.