J.O.Y. Center gets emergency funds

March 18, 2014 • Local News

The Chaves County J.O.Y. Center in Roswell may soon get the repairs it needs after receiving emergency funds from the state.

Commissioners are expected to consider authorizing an agreement Thursday that will allow the county to fix an unsightly hole in the side of the building.

The damage was caused by water leaking into the building over the past few years, after a new roof was added. Water has leaked through the building, damaging it [auth] outside and inside, said Community Development Director Charlotte Andrade.

“The damage has gone through the wall and it’s affecting the interior as well as the exterior,” Andrade said.

The Roswell center is one of four locations in the J.O.Y. Center system. Other centers are located in Hagerman, Midway and Lake Arthur.

The J.O.Y. centers serve senior citizens meals and provide home-delivered meals, transportation, housekeeping help, adult day-care services, health promotion activities and caregiver support. They also sponsor foster grandparent and senior companion programs.

The Roswell building, at 1822 N. Montana Ave., has a number of problems, according to a county facility maintenance department assessment. The most pressing is the situation on the east side of the structure.

The water damage has worked its way through a section of the exterior covering, the felt membrane and is now exposing the insulation material, according to a report. There is also some damage to an area under a north-facing window and water damage to a lower panel on the south side.

The county received $9,614 last week in emergency funds from the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department to do immediate repairs.

“That’s all that was remaining in that specific account for emergency repairs,” Andrade said.

If commissioners approve the contract, the county can begin repairs immediately, Andrade said.

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