PCPL entrance repairs approved

Monday, July 27, 2020
The entrance on Walnut Street is one of three places that will undergo repairs at the Putnam County Public Library.
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Having their first in-person meeting together since the library closed in March, the Putnam County Public Library’s board of trustees met in a quick session to consider entrance repairs last Wednesday evening.

Director Matt McClelland presented a breakdown by New Leaf Construction for three areas which will be addressed.

Repairs will be made to the Carnegie entrance on Walnut Street. The aim is to repair rotted trim and glaze the door and transom as required. The door and its jamb themselves will be sanded and sealed on both sides.

Additional work on the Walnut Street entrance will include grinding damaged mortar joints and tuck points on the concrete stairs as needed.

The circulation entrance will also be attended to. The plan is to remove it with its frame, threshold and weatherstripping. A galvanized door and its frame will replace the damaged one with a new threshold, door closer and lockset.

The third job will be installing an office door inside the library so that it swings inside rather than the outside. This will be the least expensive of the repairs.

The overall cost of the repairs totals $7,971. As this is not a budgeted expense, it was stated that the payments would be drawn from the library’s gift fund.

The board approved for the library to move forward with the repairs. There is no set date for when they will be completed.

In other business:

• Treasurer Lisa Barker stated that the library still had 42 percent of its budget remaining for the year.

The next regular meeting of the Library Board is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. in the Kiwanis Room. The meeting is planned to be broadcast through Google Meet or another similar platform.

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