Town to replace older half of senior center roof

Photo Kristin Schultz
Niskayuna Senior CenterPhoto Kristin Schultz Niskayuna Senior Center

By Kristin Schultz

Gazette Reporter

The Niskayuna Town Board has approved an $18,600 measure to replace half of the roof on the town’s senior center.

The half of the roof facing the Mohawk River was replaced when the town purchased the building and now the back half will receive the attention it needs.

Town Highway Superintendent Ray Smith said his department has been addressing leaks as they pop up, but that the roof is in such a state that it needs to be replaced.

The contract was awarded to Shear Contractors of Schenectady. Materials have been ordered and, once work begins, Smith estimates Shear will be on site for between two and four days. The multiple layers of shingles will be removed and the wood roof decking will be assessed and replaced as needed. Once complete, the new roof should last for 30 years or so.

Although there are visible dips in the roof, a full replacement of all the decking is not expected.

“This project is part of an ongoing effort to improve the facility to ensure it is safer, more pleasant and enjoyable for the town’s seniors,” said Councilwoman Denise Murphy McGraw.

The senior center has seen recent improvements, including some new flooring inside and new stairs from the upper parking lot and fresh plantings outside.

The center provides a variety of services to the town’s seniors, including meals, social and recreational opportunities.