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Boys & Girls Club’s return to facility delayed

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Completion of renovations to the Boys & Girls Club facility in Roswell, seen in this file photo, have been delayed a couple of weeks for repairs to a cement floor along the building's south wall. (Juno Ogle Photo)

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The Boys & Girls Club of Chaves and Lincoln Counties will have to wait a bit longer to return to its Roswell home but is hiring additional staff for when that happens.

The city is renovating the Poe Corn Center, 201 S. Garden Ave., which is leased to the youth organization. The $1 million project was scheduled for completion Wednesday, but City Engineer Louis Najar said a couple more weeks will be needed.

When the gym flooring was removed, a 4-inch settlement and cracks in the cement floor along the south wall were discovered. The cracks have been filled and the floor leveled, but the new concrete is not dry enough to apply the new gym flooring, Najar said.

“We’re just waiting for the moisture to get down below 5%. That way when they apply the finished floor product for the gym it’ll stick,” Najar said.

The final gym floor will be a poured polyurethane DynaForce floor, like what was used in the Roswell Recreation and Aquatic Center.

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Najar said it would take about two weeks for the cement to dry out.

The city is also waiting for an inspection of the new fire alarm system. In the meantime, contractor White Sands Construction of Alamogordo is hanging doors and finishing installing ceiling tiles.

“I’m hoping we’ll be done by the end of the month,” Najar said.

Tim Coughlin, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chaves and Lincoln Counties, said plans to close activities here next week to move back into the center have been called off. The group will still have its activities at the Roswell Recreation and Aquatic Center until then.

“We’re still at the rec center until we’re able to get moved in, so that’s not going to affect that. What it does affect is the rec center has less space for us so we’re not going to be able to bring back more kids until we get back into the other building,” he said.

He said he hoped to visit with city staff at the end of the week to have a better timeline of when they can move in.

Coughlin said how many children the organization can have at the center will depend on staffing rather than what level Chaves County is in the state’s Red to Green COVID-19 risk assessment system.

“We’re basing our capacity off of what’s going on with the schools going back full-time,” he said.

Unlike schools, daycares, youth sports and youth camps, programs like Boys & Girls Club are not directly mentioned in the public health order, Coughlin said.

The organization allows a 15-to-1 ratio of staff to children, Coughlin said, and the Chaves County group is looking to hire two additional staff members for when it moves back to the Poe Corn Center.

“We’re hoping to at first bring in 45 kids and then we’ll slowly start going up from there,” he said.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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