A leaky roof that board members say is in serious need of fixing before the next rainy season has reignited controversy over the future of the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge.
During budget hearings last week, center board member Meredith Reynolds urged the La Cañada Flintridge City Council to put up $118,000 in city funds to replace the more than 60-year-old structure’s 9,500-square-foot roof.
Instead, council members — who already provide nearly $50,000 per year for Community Center upkeep and activities — held tightly to their purse strings, saying the issue requires taking a longer view to assess the building’s many and various needs.
In the coming weeks, two council members will be appointed to reconvene an ad hoc committee on Community Center issues, said Mayor Dave Spence.
While minor building repairs have long been handled by volunteers or a part-time handyman, the roof is now too far gone for anything short of a total rebuild, according to Reynolds and Executive Director Megan Nordvedt.