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Senior dancers can keep using Riverbank community center

RIVERBANK — The Riverbank Golden Agers will keep kicking up their heels at the community center.

The City Council voted 4-0 Monday to let the seniors continue holding their Wednesday dances at the center after city staff complained the seniors were leaving the floor a dusty mess. Councilman Danny Fielder did not attend the meeting.

The club said the city wanted to charge them $900 a month to clean and wax the floor. But the club will keep paying $85 for its weekly dances, which draw more than 100 seniors.

"We will continue to dance, and they will continue to clean up the floor, hopefully with no disagreements," said Riverbank Golden Agers President Dorene Hall on Tuesday.

More than 80 seniors packed the council chamber Monday, with the overflow watching the meeting from a TV screen in an adjacent room.

The Riverbank Golden Agers have denied putting wax, dancing dust or other substances on the floor of the aging community center and have said that other community and senior centers in the area don't have complaints about them.

But a city staff report included a letter from Hall warning dancers not to put substances on dance floors because of complaints from Riverbank, Oakdale and Modesto.

Hall said she has warned dancers for a decade not to put any substances on dance floors, but added that her dancers are not causing the dust in Riverbank.

She said no other community or senior centers have complained of dusty floors, but city officials say other groups that use the community center have not left the floor dusty.

The city will continue to wax the floor every three months while it looks at other options, including spending $22,000 for a temporary dance floor for the center.

Bee staff writer Kevin Valine can be reached at kvaline@modbee.com or 578-2316.

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