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BREAKING NEWS: Officials release little information regarding library inspection

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

After close to two hours inside the Brazil Public Library Tuesday, officials had little to say following an inspection meeting.

Indiana Department of Homeland Security Building Code Enforcement Director Shelly Wakefield had scheduled an inspection of the library for 1 p.m. Tuesday.

She met with Brazil City Planning Administrator Michele Altman, along with officials from Pyramid Architects and Engineers, Inc., City Attorney Bob Pell, Library Board members and Brazil Public Library Director Jill Scarborough.

Following nearly two hours of inspection, Wakefield left the building. Altman told The Brazil Times as she was leaving she was not prepared to discuss the situation Tuesday as she headed back to her office to compose a code violation list with Wakefield.

Officials with Pyramid Architects and Engineers, Inc., along with library board members, would not comment regarding the building.

Pell, however, offered comments regarding the meeting.

He said the next step regarding the building would be for Wakefield to issue a report, which would then have to be cleared at the state level to allow construction to continue.

"They are inspecting the building to make sure it will comply with fire code," Pell said. "At the present time, it doesn't. Hopefully, the thing will get done."

In late December, The Brazil Times reported the Indiana State Fire Marshal's office found fire code issues with the building's design. In January, however, the two-year deadline Pyramid was given to complete the building project had come and gone.

Only two weeks into the New Year, Altman was forced to close the library officially after a person suffered a broken leg following a fall.

Following the accident, Altman told The Brazil Times she was in the process of drafting a letter -- with consultation from Wakefield and help from city and state building inspectors -- of at least five major violations regarding building construction.

The Library Board is scheduled to meet today at the Library Annex, beginning at 4 p.m.

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"They are inspecting the building to make sure it will comply with fire code," Pell said. "At the present time, it doesn't. Hopefully, the thing will get done.

Yes, hopefully it will get done. I WANT A REFUND ON MY TAX DOLLARS

-- Posted by madmom61 on Tue, Jan 22, 2008, at 3:54 PM

Didn't you just get a refund on your tax dollars?????

-- Posted by Bigpappy on Tue, Jan 22, 2008, at 10:54 PM

Looks like substandard work and people not paying close enough attention to what is needed instead what is cheapest in the end with the state getting involved and the delays and fines the given price will skyrocket

-- Posted by dovelw on Tue, Jan 22, 2008, at 11:48 PM

This is extremely serious. There is a pattern of violations of the trust of the people in the community by those in charge of the library. Board members must implement a plan of action so library services are available and seriously examine whether accountability has been maintained by the library director. Board members must also reflect on whether their service has been suitable and consider the possibility of new leaders if their record of service has been negligible. It is time for action. The community has paid an extremely high price for poor and uncaring leadership.

-- Posted by scwh1974 on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 4:07 AM

I got one from the County but I want my Brazil Township taxes back for the past 2 years. If the whole county got one, then the non Brazil people got a bonus

-- Posted by madmom61 on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 11:58 AM

I might be confused, but I thought my tax statement (based on the township of my residence) clearly showed my tax rate which included library services, etc. One reason my taxes were HIGH was because of where I live. I thought the tax refunds were based on the amount of taxes paid by the individual. So, how does a non Brazil resident get a bonus with their refund then? I know for a fact that I got more money back than some of my county friends and family. I'm pretty sure all the property taxes were paid to the Treasurer of Clay County. I didn't pay "separate" taxes to my township....at least I don't recall doing so. I pay taxes towards schools, too, but I don't have children attending Clay Community. Does that mean I should get a refund?

-- Posted by Bigpappy on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 8:41 PM

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