Bourne Town Administrator Updates Selectmen on Community Center Damage

BOURNE – Bourne Town Administrator Tom Guerino recently met with selectmen to provide an update on the Veterans Memorial Community Center which sustained extensive water damage earlier this year.

Guerino said that the facility will likely remain partially closed until May, due to destruction caused by a burst water pipe.

“All of the damage is being removed. All of the walls have been taken down. We’re working on a new sprinkler system to be put in,” he said.

Many parts of the facility, which also serves as the town’s senior center will need to be completely replaced including much of the ceiling and at least two large floor areas.

The entire building is now a construction site, and public safety issues dictate the elimination of access.

“About 80% of the building was touched by the break, some substantially more than others. There’s not a whole lot of the building that was not affected by at least some water damage,” said Guerino.

There are some exceptions to the closure. Meals will continue to be provided by the Supportive Day Program, which is located in a separate part of the structure that was not damaged, and the staff of the Bourne Council on Aging and Recreation Department will be able to work in a space sealed off from the on-going construction.

Bourne committees which generally meet in the building, including the board of selectmen, will now host their meetings at Bourne High School or other area venues.

The cost for the repairs is currently estimated to be well over $400,000.

By DAVID BEATTY, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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