By Mark Newman, Hamilton Mountain News, December 14, 2020
Family of raccoons leaves $15,000 in damages
Interval House of Hamilton (IHOH), has started a Go Fund Me campaign to raise funds to help pay for the recently replaced flat roof at the west Mountain shelter.
IHOH officials say the provincial Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services has provided most of the money for the $90,000 project but they remain $28,000 short.
“We’re really hoping members of our community will help us raise funds to help offset those unexpected costs,” said IHOH executive director Nancy Smith.
Among the unexpected costs was the removal of the HVAC units on the roof, the cost of purchasing portable heaters to keep residents warm while the work was underway, replacement of drywall, lighting fixtures and other work required to repair interior water damage and to cover about $15,000 in damages caused by a family of raccoons that had been living under one of the HVAC units.
Smith noted the flat roof at the back of the building was the same covering the shelter had when they moved to the west Mountain location in 1998.
It has been patched several times but needed to be replaced.
“It had been leaking for years,” said Smith resulting in “significant damage to areas of the shelter.”
See: charity.gofundme.com/keep-a-roof-over-their-heads to access the campaign.
Smith noted the angled part of the roof was replaced in 2016 through a grant by ArcelorMittal Dofasco.
Mark Newman is a Reporter for Mountain News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org