WARSAW — After well over a year of intermittent operation coupled with massive amounts of downtime, Warsaw Community Public Library’s new limited use, limited application elevator may be arriving at the facility sometime on Tuesday, March 12.
“If you look, you can see how close we are for the new LULA, out in the hallway,” said Library Director Ann Zydek at the monthly meeting of the library’s board of trustees on Monday, March 11. “Tomorrow is supposed to be delivery day for the custom-made LULA elevator.”
The library began experiencing problems with the elevator several years ago and at the time, Zydek told the board that the elevator broke down 11 times in 2017. The elevator was later shut down completely while a plan was made to have the equipment repaired or replaced.
The LULA elevator’s primary purpose is to facilitate handicapped accessibility. The library’s main entrance is elevated and patrons take stairs to the main floor. The elevator helps those who have issues with stairs such as those physical handicaps or parents with young children.
In late 2018, the board approved a bid from Strebig Construction, Inc. of Fort Wayne for $137,380.40 for the project.
“We’re hopeful by National Library Week (April 7-13) that we’ll have a celebration,” Zydek said.
In other business, Zydek told the board that the library experienced a weather-related power outage on Sunday, Feb. 24, but that library personnel arrived on scene and checked the facility’s systems to ensure business could be conducted when the library opened. It was later learned that the outage disabled the system that controlled internal climate for the library.