LASSELLSVILLE – The Fulton County Sheriff’s Association is seeking donations in an effort to help the Western Fulton County Senior Center located on Route 29 in Lassellsville, after the organization experienced a flood inside its 170-year-old building over the summer.
Center President Angela Hill said sometime in June between the center’s meeting earlier in the month and around two weeks later when the group returned to play bingo towards the end of the month the place flooded. She said they believe the flooding occurred from the flapper on a toilet in the women’s bathroom becoming stuck, causing the toilet to run and then flood the building.
“It just soaked everything,” Hill said.
Hill said all the floors, which were carpeted, are damaged except for inside the kitchen, which the organization replaced the linoleum flooring in last year.
To complicate matters, Hill said as they removed layers of flooring from over the years to get to the cement pylons they discovered that one of the pylons had broken – adding to the cost of repairs.
Because the organization had used funds last year for the new kitchen flooring and also a handicap accessible ramp it had little funds left, Hill said.
The center was able to secure a $2,500 grant from the Office on Aging, but to date have exceeded over $10,000 in costs.
Now, Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino is hoping the community can rally to help the center.
He said he became aware of the organization’s issues after doing his biannual visit. In a Facebook post regarding the situation, Giardino said that the group’s insurance did not cover internal floods.
Giardino said he’s looking to get another $8,000 to $10,000 raised for the center.
“We’re not looking to make millions of dollars, we’re looking to help them pay some of their bills to fix the place,” Giardino said Monday.
Hill said the group has raised $13,000 to date but won’t know the final costs until all is said and done.
She’s very appreciative of what the sheriff is doing.
“It’s wonderful,” she said.
For now the center, which is home to 21 seniors in the community, have been meeting at Winner’s Circle on Route 5 in Fonda.
Hill said the Oppenheim Senior Center is just up the road from their center but doesn’t foresee anyone going there because they like to have their own space.
“Could we travel there? Sure,” she said. “Would we want to? No.”
To help: The association says donations can be sent and checks made payable to: FCSA, PO Box 20, Johnstown, NY 12095. Memo say Western Seniors Building Fund.