According to a city work plan, the library's roof was described as "being past its useful life and in need of replacing due to its age and condition."
Once the city's Library Commission recommended the improvements, the council approved the funding during its midterm operating budget review.
The final construction bid to repair the roof approximately costs $525,000 — much lower originally estimated at $2.7 million. That difference of $2.2 million allowed the council to transfer funds to fully repair the historic Century House, which is another priority project.
Apart from replacing the roof, the project will include 35,900 square feet of new concrete roof tiles and 2,000 square feet of membrane roofing to provide an extra layer of protection against water leaks, according to city officials.
New energy-efficient roofline windows, the replacement of water-damaged wood sheathing, and the addition of new gutters and downspouts are among other improvements to the building. Roof anchors and walkable tiles will also be added to the roof to ensure safer and easier access for maintenance personnel, according to city staff.
Provided that there are no safety concerns, the library is scheduled to remain open during the initial phase of construction, except for when the rooflines windows are replaced. According to the city, that date and the amount of time the library will be closed is unknown but online services will still be available for the public.
The parking lot will remain open and untouched by construction crews as their equipment and materials will be located on the vacant city-owned lot across from the library. Starting Monday, the library building was surrounded by a safety fence to "form a perimeter for the active construction site and to form a barrier between the public and any potential falling debris."
There will also be a tunnel set up at the library front door to provide safe access for the public and staff entering the building.
Work will be performed Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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