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.