With only two blocks between them and the Rotterdam Senior Citizens Center, Dotte Wroblewski and Darlene Wolcott would often attend the exercise class there.
But the women haven’t enjoyed a class at the center in almost three years because it has been closed.
“I don’t know what their issue is because they’re not telling us,” Wolcott said.
Wolcott said whenever she asks the town when it will open she is told “soon.”
In August 2018 there was a flood in the center from the third-floor toilet that significantly damaged the activity room and cafeteria. Supervisor Steven Tommasone said more work is still needed in the center, but didn’t explain what work was left. He gave no reopening date.
The building has been used for town court during the pandemic and most recently two town meetings, according to town officials.
“The current configuration of the center is not well suited for other uses at this time,” said Tommasone.
Wroblewski said she’s tried doing exercises at home but it’s definitely not like taking the class at the center.
“It’s so nice when you’ve got somebody who is organized,” she said.
She said the center also offered other classes like ceramics and sewing.
Wroblewski said she was told by someone at town hall — although she can’t recall whom — that the center hasn’t opened because there aren’t any volunteers for the classes.
Town officials said they are looking for a new senior center manager after the last person took another position in town. Town officials did not say who the previous person was, when they left or what town position they took.