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Opening delayed for Brazil Public Library

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Construction snafus have haulted the recent opening of the Brazil Public Library. The library has been undergoing several changes and was scheduled to open at the end of May.
Through no fault of the Brazil Public Library, construction issues continue to plague the renovated building causing major delays in the reopening.

Brazil building inspector Stephen D. Mackenzie, along with a state official, inspected the recently completed addition to the Brazil Public Library, and found a few kinks that need to be ironed out.

"There were some fire code violations, like ductwork, fire caulking, and some violations concerning some of the doors," Mackenzie said. "We sat down with the library board, architect, and contractors and told them what we had found. The architect wanted some clarification of some of the codes, and a second opinion on the inspection."

The second opinion came from a code specialist from the Indianapolis company, RTM Consultants, which according to Mackenzie, substantiated everything he had already found.

"Pyramid Architects of Indianapolis felt that some of the codes were open to interpretation and once the independent specialist made her recommendations, they agreed to reassess the situation," Mackenzie said. "Now all we are waiting for is the architect and the contractors to finish the adjustments that were needed. After that, I'll inspect the building again, and hopefully this time, grant them a certificate of occupancy."

Jill Scarbrough, director of the library, can't believe that it's taken so long to get this remedied.

"We've lost a lot of revenue from copies, late fees and non-resident fees since we've been closed," Scarbrough said. "The upside is that the library board has decided to grant a six-month extension to any 2007 non-resident card holder. That's six months from the reopening day. We hope this helps make up for any inconvenience to our customers."

Library staff hasn't been sitting around while the library has been closed. They've been very busy logging in new books, and learning to use an updated circulation system.

Scarbrough has said that at this time, no one is currently working on the problems noted by the inspectors. The contractors are working on other jobs, and haven't yet been directed by Pyramid Architects to start work on the library.

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