WARSAW — Concerns with the future of the elevator at the Warsaw Community Public Library dominated the Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, May 8.
Library director Ann Zydek explained that at this time the limited use/limited application elevator is not working, and they have been told by two companies that a new LULA will not fit in the existing shaft. The reason for this is because the accordion doors the library has cannot be used in a new lift, meaning a sliding door will be needed and a larger shaft will be required to allow the door to slide on the inside.
Zydek stated renovating the elevator could cost more than $250,000. She informed the board that it’s time to save money for the repairs so the rainy day fund won’t be touched.
Board member Jill Beehler asked whether there would be a way to remodel the building so that an elevator would not be needed.
Zydek stated it would be expensive to remodel the library in that way because it would affect the exterior of the building, causing it to be an expensive project.
“There’s no quick answer,” said Zydek.
The elevator was installed around 20 years ago, Zydek explained the elevator has run longer than what was expected.
During the meeting, the board approved a policy for a new 3D printer that will be available for public use. The newly instated policy will allow for individuals to bring files to print. The library will charge $1 an hour for any item that takes up to 60 minutes to print.
The board also approved a service philosophy policy that will be posted in the library for both patrons and library staff.
- Wihebrink Landscaping has put together a landscape plan for the north east corner of the library. They offered a quote of $7,334.92.
- Board Member Rick Paczkowski will not be seeking re-election in June. Zydek has asked an individual if they would be interested in running for the position and asked board members if they knew anyone who might be interested the position.