At the Moffat County Democrats' meeting Jan. 8 at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, group member Lois Wymore saw something that concerned her.
She observed a light dangling from its fixture and water leaking around its electrical wires in the building's main reception area - the aftereffects of a leaking roof.
"I think it's dangerous," she said, adding that she was concerned the leak could have posed a hazard to children and employees.
David Griffith, APH Construction, Inc. president and owner, however, said the leak didn't pose any fire or electrical danger.
"It was no big deal at all, about any of it," he added.
Griffith estimated the building sustained $400 to $500 in interior damages, and roof patching could cost as much or less.
By those figures, repairs could cost as much as $1,000.
A donation from the Moffat County Democrats will help. The group voted at its meeting last week to give $250 to the Boys & Girls Club of Craig for roof repair. The group, which holds its meetings in the club building, also is planning to host a fundraiser next month to benefit the club.
Griffith and City Manager Jim Ferree removed sheetrock from beneath the six-foot-square area in the reception area's ceiling where the roof had leaked in several places. The patch was heavy and waterlogged, Ferree said, and it looked as if it could have fallen down.
Griffith made repairs to the leaks he could find Saturday.
The roof began leaking last month. Alternating periods of hot and cold weather had caused ice dams to build up on top of the building. Screws holding down insulation also had poked holes in the roof.
"That building is protected by circuit breakers and everything else, so there was never a problem" with water running into a light fixture, Griffith said.
It's too early to tell if the roof is leaking in other areas. Extensive snow cover has made a thorough check of the building impossible, Ferree said.
The leaks, which began in December, didn't impede services offered at the club, said Dana Duran, Boys & Girls Club of Craig executive director.
Duran added club administrators will create a more permanent solution in the spring.
The club's next task: paying for repairs.
Per its lease agreement with the city, the Boys & Girls Club is responsible for paying up to $500 in repairs on the building. Any fixes more than that amount are to be paid by the city.
The club is "really thankful" for the Moffat County Democrats' donation, Duran said.
The club will rely on community donations to pay for the rest of the repairs.
Moffat County Democrats are looking to help again.
The group is planning to host a chili supper fundraiser from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 28. The fundraiser's location has not yet been finalized.
All proceeds will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.
The club "has been a huge asset," Wymore said. "They need to keep it."
For more information about donating to the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, call 826-0411.
Bridget Manley can be reached at 875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org