The seniors in Roseboro now have a place they can call home — at least for the next five months while the Roseboro Community Building goes through needed repairs in the wake of roof issues and termite problems.
In short order this week, the Sampson County Board of Commissioners accepted a lease agreement between the Sampson County Board of Education and the Sampson County Department of Aging for the Roseboro Nutrition Site to be housed at the Charles E. Perry building.
The term of the lease began on Sept. 22 and will extend to Feb. 28, 2017. There are no monthly rent or annual rental fee payments associated with the agreement.
County manager Ed Causey noted that the lease agreement was a measure to accommodate the nutrition site while the current termite issue was being eradicated and the facility repaired.
The community building located on Northeast Railroad Street was recently shut down because of the issues. It is unknown when it will reopen, but some town officials said in September that it could take months. The issue was broached only briefly during a short meeting of the Roseboro Board of Commissioners last month.
“We have recently found out that there is termite damage,” Mayor Alice Butler said then, noting the floor has “given way” slightly. “We know that there is damage there, so the building cannot be used at this time.”
She asked that commissioners Ray Clark Fisher and Cary Holland inquire about the repairs, which also include roofing issues, and bring back a report and estimates for the work to the board at a later date. The board’s next regular meeting is on Tuesday.
Gilbert Owens, site manager, said close to 60 people are served in the program. More than 1,000 meals are delivered each month. About 30 people visit the center during the week for the program, with meals provided by the Department of Aging. Owens said the senior group used the building on Railroad Street for four decades.
“The issue here is about people,” Owens said last month. “These senior citizens rely on this every day. This extends their life. They have somewhere to go and something to do. Not the mention that they get meals. There are people who 100 percent dependable on the meals that we provide.”
Owens was notified by the town in early September about the denied access to the community building. He was told it may take up to four months to fix it.
Roseboro United Methodist Church allowed the group to use a room in their building as a stop-gap measure. Sampson County Schools then allowed the seniors to use a classroom at the Charles E. Perry building, with the intent to work some details out so the group could stay.
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