MOULTRIE — After more than two years of having to contend with leaks from every rain, the Moultrie Senior Center will soon have its roof repaired.

The Moultrie City Council approved a bid Tuesday from Frank R. Franks, Inc. in Valdosta to repair the roof at the senior center. The cost for the repairs will be $23,405.

Judy Hiers, director of the senior center, said she is very thankful to the city for approving the repairs, showing the city cares for its seniors. Every time it would rain, she and the staff at the center would have to cover everything with tarps to keep them from getting wet because of all the leaking, she said.

“It’s a blessing the roof is being fixed,” Hiers said.

The concern was protecting all of the items at the center, which were all donated, and Hiers said someone would always have to mop following a rain storm. She would often have to drive back to the center from Berlin when rain was forecast to be sure everything was covered before the rain came down.

The senior center is still in need of assistance even with the city’s help to repair the roof, Hiers said. The center received about half of its usual amount in donations last year, which has caused the center to tighten its budget.

“We’re really pinching pennies to let people have the things they want and to go places they want to go,” Hiers said. She appreciates the city’s help with the roof but is asking the community to also provide help to the center, which functions primarily on donations.

Hiers said attendance at the center grows each day, with an average attendance of 75 seniors each day. It takes a lot for her and her staff to run the day-to-day operations at the center, she said, and the people pay what they can for their meals each day.

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