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Community center copes with dry rot

The Gold Country Community Center has dry rot problems, but no senior activities have been suspended because of it.

The center, used by seniors at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, will have to move its weekday lunch and Meals On Wheels programs to another kitchen one year from now, but only for a month, according to Fairgrounds CEO Ed Scofield.

Meanwhile, “the people can still come,” said senior volunteer Keya Chlebeck Friday. “We haven’t canceled anything.”



According to Senior Citizens Foundation Executive Director Bette Worth, who runs the center, “We found out the back deck was rotten and needed to be replaced” right after the first of the year.

“The fair maintenance crew discovered serious damage under the lounge, (computer learning center) so they had to jack up that end of the building,” Worth said. Computers were relocated to another fairgrounds’ building for several weeks but are now back.




Damage was also found under the kitchen area, Scofield said. A walk-in freezer will have to be removed – probably next January – n order to get the floor rebuilt.

“The structure underneath is in good shape, but we’ll have to get a refrigerator company to take (the freezer) out,” Scofield said. “It won’t be an easy job to pull that out of there.”

The fairgrounds had budgeted $19,000 to rebuild the large deck but will now have to spend more to fix the center.

“I suspect it will be another $25,000 to $30,000,” Scofield said. “This building has been a nightmare,” although it is only 23 years old.

“We got a real mess,” said fairgrounds maintenance man Richard Graydon as he peered underneath the building. “They had a washroom here, so the water leached in,” causing the dry rot.

No one has been hurt in the situation, and it will take several more weeks to fully stabilize it, Graydon said. Worth said that two Grass Valley locations are being looked at for the kitchen when the seniors abandon the building next year.

Although several workers were busy shoring up the building Friday, it didn’t seem to bother the seniors inside, who were busy learning about computers in one room and playing bingo in another.

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To contact senior staff member Dave Moller, e-mail davem@theunion.com or call 477-4237.


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