A community center in Glace Bay is getting a badly needed roof repair thanks to a business with Cape Breton connections.
The Morrison Campus Y men’s center is located in the former Morrison Junior High School, which the Glace Bay Y men’s and women’s club bought from Cape Breton Regional Municipality for USD 1.
Most of the 100-year-old building is in good shape, said manager Greg Barns. A notable exception is a flat-roofed entrance room next to the gym that looks more like a paddling pool.
Water covers the floor of the room that serves as the main entrance to the gym. (Holly Conners / CBC)
“You can hear the drops … even when it’s not raining because there is so much water on the roof,” said Barns.
There have been concerns that the water damage could spread to the gym itself, where the center hosts its bingo games, dances, flea markets, and exercise programs if it lasts longer.
But in the last few days a shiver of happiness has landed in the center.
“Fortunately, we have a company that is volunteering their time, effort and materials to fix the leaky roof for us, which is incredible,” Barns said on Wednesday.
Greg Barns is the manager of the men’s center on Morrison Campus Y (Holly Conners / CBC)
The offer came from John Harrington, President and Owner of PMC Roofing Ltd., which is headquartered in Debert. Harrington, who had moved to Baddeck from Debert two years ago, learned of the Centre’s plight when he saw the evening news.
“Seemed to be the right thing”
“It was pretty clear to me that this wasn’t just a normal roof leak situation,” said Harrington.
“So I have a crew of roofers who live in Glace Bay. And … all in all, it just seemed like the right thing to see if we couldn’t jump on board and at least help them in bad weather that comes . “
The emergency repairs include installing a new roof membrane over the severely leaking section, which will cost over $ 10,000.
“Then we’ll look at the situation and see if more needs to be done in the spring,” said Harrington.
If the weather cooperates, the job could be done this weekend.
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