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Wolfeboro's Community Center's fate in question

Mold and aging systems to receive further investigation

December 05, 2018
WOLFEBORO — Town Manager Becky Merrow followed up on complaints of mold in the Community Center on Lehner Street with a request to Shakes to Shingles Inspection Services of Concord for an inspection and an estimate on remediation. The board's review on Nov. 26 of the resulting $29,000 estimate for attic, walls and basement modifications led to questions about further costs, the use of the building, and whether it would be better to raze the building than invest any further.

The estimate includes a list of items that could to be done to ameliorate the mold condition: control moisture in the basement; insulate the walls; insulate and air seal the attic; install either bath fans with a humidistat or a heat recovery ventilation system; and take steps to determine the extent of the condition.

The inspection service suggested contacting a company that does indoor quality testing in order to develop a remediation plan and offered information on a 35 percent incentive for cost-effective weatherization improvements through the New Hampshire Electric Co-op.

But a list of further considerations prior to making the above corrections gave the board pause. The list is weighty. The company reported that the roof is at the end of its life, as are the boiler and water heater; pieces of tile lining in the chimney clean out indicate that repair is needed; there are damaged supports coming down from the rafters; the siding needs repair and paint; and a section of the foundation toward the rear is tilted.

Selectman Brad Harriman was leery of putting money into the building with no guarantee that there may be more mold damage.

Chairman Linda Murray wondered if something could be done to keep the place open for the groups that use it the Ladies of the Lakes Quilters, children participating in recreation programs, for example, at least until the new library is available for meetings and activities again. Selectman Paul O'Brien said the board would need to figure out where users could go if the building was no longer fit for use or if it was taken down.

Selectman Dave Senecal, who serves as Ossipee's building inspector, looked at the report and moved to table discussion until the board can arrange to visit the Community Center together. Everyone was in agreement. There were no easy answers to the problem raised.

Varney Smith
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