Amalia Senior Center repairs still underway

"Before Christmas" eyed for opening


The Amalia Senior Center will remain closed for at least another month while contractors and county crews bring the facility into compliance with fire, electrical, mechanical and other building codes.

The county announced Sept. 5 that the Amalia site, one of several senior centers owned and operated by Taos County, would be closed for at least a month.

Now, Taos County Seniors Program Director Mike Trujillo hopes to reopen the Amalia Senior Center "before Christmas, if possible," according to a Nov. 27 email.

The primary repair to the facility is installing a fire-alarm system, he said.

Earlier this month, the county entered a contract for the installation with Northern Fire Suppression. Trujillo said the company "ran all the wiring for the fire alarm system [last week] and will be installing devices and programing this week." Northern Fire Suppression will also upgrade exit lighting and add emergency lights in restrooms and throughout the facility, Trujillo said.

Since September, crews and contractors have also replaced a failed water pump for the well, completed drainage work to alleviate snow melt and "ponding" rainwater and installed a new chlorination system and boiler device that can handle low-water levels.

"Taos County facilities staff, along with Phoenix Mechanical, will be doing additional work and upgrades to the water system this week. All water well system work should be completed this week," Trujillo said.

The county is also acquiring quotes to upgrade the kitchen exhaust hood to accommodate a recently purchased fryer.

About eight seniors ate meals at the Amalia Senior Center every day during the months of July and August, with another 12 meals delivered via the "meals on wheels" program. Seniors have had the option of eating meals at the senior center in Questa since the Amalia center closed, though only two have used that service, Trujillo said.

He added that the facilities department has "been working diligently to ensure … we can open the building as soon as possible."