Local seniors, including (seated left to right): Jim Morewood, Gail Blackburn and Ruth Near enjoy food and conversation Nov. 28 at the Warrensburg mealsite, now located in the basement of the United Methodist Church. The mealsite may be moved to Countryside Adult Home due to access problems.
Photo by Thom Randall.
Warrensburg The Town of Warrensburg’s senior mealsite may be relocated soon to the Countryside Adult Home on Schroon River Road due to inadequacies of the present site in the basement of the United Methodist Church.
The change is independent of the proposed closure of the upcounty satellite mealsite kitchens, an initiative which was recently postponed for at least four months.
The planned change in the mealsite location is due primarily to difficulties of access to the basement site, Warren County Office for the Aging Director Christie Sabo said. Seniors now have to walk down a steep, narrow stairwell to get into the church basement, and county officials are seeking to provide barrier-free access so people with mobility problems can attend the daily lunchtime meals served there, she said.
Also, it is difficult for Meals on Wheels drivers to lug heavy insulated containers packed with meals up the stairwell, Sabo said.
The site has also aging equipment, minor mold growth problems in the kitchen. There also has been a persistent problem with sewage backups, an issue which recently was abated with the installation of a grease trap. It was installed at the church after sewage flowed out of a back room onto the floor of the dining area. Minor foul odors, however, still emanate from the plumbing.
Sabo noted that the facility has passed state Health Department inspection, and the mold has been tested and poses no health hazard.
About 100 meals are prepared each weekday in the church’s kitchen for an average of 15 gathering at the site, plus for about 85 Meals on Wheels delivered to shut-ins in Warrensburg, Lake George and Thurman.
The county now pays about $16,000 to $18,000 per year in rent to the church for the use of the kitchen and dining area. The charges include costs of keeping the equipment like freezers, coolers and commercial dishwasher in good working order as well as expenses related to utilities, snowplowing and trash removal, Sabo said.