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BREAKING NEWS: Library could be open soon

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Book lovers received some good news Tuesday evening.

Area residents who have been patiently waiting for the Brazil Public Library to open have reason to be optimistic as Brazil City Planning Administrator Michele Altman told The Brazil Times Wednesday morning the library could be open within 30-45 days.

Officials with Pyramid Architects and Engineers, Inc., Indianapolis, along with Altman, Brazil City Attorney Bob Pell, Library Board members and Brazil Public Library Director Jill Scarbrough met Tuesday afternoon at the library with Indiana Department of Homeland Security Building Code Enforcement Director Shelly Wakefield.

Wakefield had scheduled an inspection of the building Tuesday afternoon.

Following the inspection, Altman told The Brazil Times an agreement was reached between the library board and Pyramid Architects.

The library has been closed to the public for quite some time and just recently, the building was closed to employees as well after a resident suffered a broken leg, forcing Altman to enforce City code, effectively closing the building to anyone.

Altman told The Brazil Times the main item preventing the continuing of construction was a doorway between the new and old sections of the building.

She said Wakefield stipulated the doorway could not be left open due to fire codes and that a two-hour firewall had to be constructed in order to prevent a possible fire from jumping from one section to the other.

Altman said there were other minor infractions regarding the hold up of the building, including:

* The handicap accessible restrooms were not in compliance,

* Pipes in the restrooms had to be wrapped,

* A couple of exit signs had to be placed, and

* Fire dampers in one hallway were not up to code.

Altman said Wakefield stressed to Pyramid officials these items had to be brought up to code.

City officials added if the company does not comply with these items, a civil suit could be filed.

Altman told The Brazil Times Wednesday that library employees could be back in the building as early as today, preparing for the opening.

Officials with Pyramid would not comment following Tuesday's inspection.

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Sounds like a great city job to have! You dont even have to answer questions when you work there... just sit home and draw a paycheck

-- Posted by madmom61 on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 12:53 PM

Where does it say anything about salary? I looked it over several times and used "Find (on this page)" under EDIT. I STILL didn't see anything pertaining to salary, pay or wages.

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 1:28 PM

It was in previous articles

-- Posted by madmom61 on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 2:18 PM

Well, according to an Aug. 29, 2007 report in the paper they were offering library services "on the lawn" up to that time. That story also stated that all non-salaried employees had been laid off.

I don't think it is the library employees who are at fault so it doesn't really seem fair to blame them. Also, for all we know those salaried employees have been working at the annex in preparation for the move.

-- Posted by encryptthepassword on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 5:43 PM

Apparently you people have not been using the library and just need something to complain about. When the construction was started, a small garage was put up and all the books were made available through there and the annex. ALL the library workers had active jobs at that time. The library was not closed until just a few months ago when all those books were moved back to the main building in preparation for what they thought would be a Grand Opening.

-- Posted by KTEAPayne on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 5:19 AM

Your right, I have not been using the library... IT HAS BEEN CLOSED FOR 2 YEARS!!!

-- Posted by madmom61 on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 12:59 PM

typo... You're right not your

-- Posted by madmom61 on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 1:27 PM

No, it has not been closed for 2 years.

-- Posted by packerfan01 on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 1:39 PM

So are you saying that I could go into the building, browse and get what I wanted?? Or just look at a magazine or check out the videos?? If so then I stand corrected

-- Posted by madmom61 on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 2:35 PM

The library was NOT closed for 2 years. It actually hasn't even been a year yet. The items from the main building were moved from there to the Annex building and the Garage, both of which had check-out capabilities. The library was operated out of those 2 building, with all access, until late March of last year. That was when the library was closed to the public.

-- Posted by mhicks on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 4:28 PM

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