WARSAW — The Warsaw Community Public Library is suffering from disrepair in its sprinkler system.
Facilities Manager Bruce Hively told the library’s board of trustees on Monday, Aug. 12, that an equipment failure resulted in the discovery of deeper issues in the system, known as a dry sprinkler system.
“About three weeks ago, we had a belt break on the compressor for our dry sprinkler system,” Hively said. “We developed some leaks, so we had the leaks taken care of.”
Hively displayed a section of pipe from the system to show the board members that some of the system has been compromised.
“You can see there’s just a little bit of sediment at the bottom of it,” he said, telling the board members that he has sought input and solutions from three companies, which specialize in such systems. “The one sprinkler system company is suggesting that we flush the system out,” he said.
To flush the system, library operations will be affected, Hively said.
“It does create a mess,” he said. “It will probably require the library to be shut down for a day or two, depending on how long it takes to do this.”
Hively told the panel he could have a viable plan of action by Sept. 9, which is the next scheduled meeting of the board.
“We’re getting as many options as we can from the three contractors,” he said, “and hope to have that by the next board meeting in September.”
In other business, the board:
- Approved a resolution, extending the library’s affiliation with the Public Library Internet Consortium.
- Passed a resolution to reduce current budgets.
- Approved a three percent pay increase for Library Director Ann Zydek.