What happened to community and senior center computers?
Dozens of public computers were removed from senior and community centers in Las Vegas earlier this year leaving users wondering why.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Dozens of public computers were removed from senior and community centers in Las Vegas earlier this year leaving users wondering why.
"A lot of seniors either don't have computers or don't know how to use computers," said Jack Mabry.
Mabry has a computer at home but used the machines at Howard Lieburn Senior Center near U.S. 95 and Jones Boulevard a few times a week. Mabry said the center's ten computers were suddenly removed about four months ago and never returned.
"They would have classes on how to use the computers, how to use Windows," Mabry said.
Action News learned that roughly 70 computers were removed from three community centers, two senior centers and a gym sometime in January.
Mabry said he contacted his city councilwoman to get some answers on when they could come back but couldn't get a straight answer. That's when he called Action News.
We took his questions to the city of Las Vegas.
Turns out, the computers were originally purchased through a grant from the Urban League, said city spokeswoman Diana Paul. The grant paid for the equipment and an instructor for classes, but funding ran out around the beginning of the year, she said. At that time, the city took possession of the computers and removed the computers from the labs to reformat them and install new software.
The upgrades are expected to finish soon and the computers could be back in the labs in about 30 days, Paul said.