AUBURN | The Cayuga County Nursing Home is due for a new roof — one that is expected to cost approximately $500,000.

To adequately illustrate the need, Deb English, the nursing home's administrator, gave legislators a detailed list of the roof's woes Thursday evening during the Health & Human Services Committee's monthly meeting.

She said the Sennett nursing home has multiple leaks — located in the main office, a hallway and two in closets — which make themselves known every time it rains.

"Our leaks are in four consistent places, so we're able to put buckets under them," English explained.

To get the roof in top shape, she said some insulation, decking and rusty pipes must also be replaced or repaired.

Although English said the nursing home isn't ready to make a resolution seeking approval yet, she said architects have already presented plans for the project.

Lifting up a tile for the legislators to see, English explained that builders would put special tiles — which come with a 20-year warranty — over the 37,000-square-foot building's existing roof. By working with the current structure, she said the county is expected to save about $200,000.

While the legislators took turns looking at the sample sheet of tile, English said she planned to present the Health & Human Services Committee a resolution regarding the new roof next month.

Staff writer Samantha House can be reached at 282-2282 or samantha.house@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter at Citizen_House.

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