By GABRIEL GOODWIN
Sunday Times Newspapers
WYANDOTTE — The City Council approved the Recreation Department proposal to upgrade the aging floors and partition in the Copeland Center Monday night.
The city will use Tax Increment Finance Authority funding to replace the outdated flooring and divider. The cloth divider and flooring has been inside the building since it opened the doors in 1974, Recreation Supt. Justin Lanagan said.
“It will be 40 years old and is quite worn,” Lanagan said. “Some of the vinyl tiles have been cracking and popping up, and it’s time for an upgrade. The replacement of the sliding room divider is due to constant wear and tear over the same time period.”
Lanagan said the partition “is pretty beat up” because it has stains, holes and the locking mechanism no longer works. The locking room divider — which separates a larger gym-type area from a smaller area — is important, he said, because they would like to be able to secure items in the the smaller room for events like the Goodfellows Christmas toy distribution, monthly surplus food distributions, and other events they hold inside the building.
The city accepted the $13,642.15 bid from Harrison Township-based Omega Floor Inc. to replace the flooring inside the main assembly room, hallway and closets. The company also will install carpet in the office area.
Removal and replacement of the cloth divider with a new polyvinyl cloth by Saline-based DSHatfield & Associates will cost the city $8,385.
The Recreation Department still has to finalize the contracts, but Lanagan said the upgrades could be completed by the end of January. Lanagan said other potential upgrades to the center might be some energy saving features, a drop ceiling and solar panels on the roof.
The Copeland Center is a community event center that is used by the Senior Friendship Club from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, but can be rented by any organization. The club is open to all Downriver area residents 50-years-old and older, and hosts card nights, dances, parties, Bingo and field trips.
Every month, on the third Wednesday, the Recreation Department passes out donated food from Wayne County Food Services to families that need assistance. There are income guidelines, and those who qualify will have to provide proof of income or a bridge card, identification, and the number of dependents in the household.
(Gabriel Goodwin can be reached at [email protected])