may be coming to Westchester Public Library.
Lisa Stamm told the Library Board at its meeting Thursday that she’s
interested in obtaining an additional appropriation from WPL’s Library
Improvement Reserve Fund (LIRF) to do some upgrades.
On her list are:
new sidewalks around the Thomas Branch, a new patio at the Baugher Center,
new staff entry doors at the Thomas Branch, new materials security gates at
both branches, and new shelving for audio-visual and paperback materials at
Stamm reported she
has been working with the Library’s maintenance manager to assess the state
of the concrete patio at the Baugher Center and the Thomas sidewalks.
According to Stamm,
the patio concrete is sinking and cracking excessively, and Interim Director
Phil Baugher got a price for replacing it early last year before she was
hired. The work is estimated to cost $24,000 to $30,000 and take five to
seven business days to complete.
Stamm said the
three tables on the patio are in good condition and would be refinished by
the maintenance team, then reinstalled.
Baugher also priced
sidewalk replacement around the Thomas Branch at that time, as the sidewalks
are uneven and pose trip hazards. The cost of that project was estimated at
$10,000 to $15,000.
As for the other
improvements on her list, Stamm said the audio-visual department has been in
want, and need, of new shelving for months. The Thomas Branch materials
security gates need an upgrade, and Hageman doesn’t currently have security
gates. The staff entry doors at Thomas could be more secure, as they’re made
Vice-president Mike Livovich asked if the Town of Chesterton might be
responsible for the sidewalks.
Terry Hiestand said the sidewalks are in the Town’s right-of-way. He
suggested Stamm contact Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg to see if the
Town might partner on the upgrade.
Stamm said she
would move forward on working with maintenance to determine pricing and
timeframes for the work.
In other business,
Stamm reported the Library is saving on trash removal at the Thomas Branch
after the maintenance manager noticed that the Library’s contract with
Republic Services has an automatic renewal clause and has ballooned up from
$94 a month in 2008 to $375 a month this year. The increase also didn’t
align with the cost of trash removal for the Baugher Center being only $88 a
Stamm said she
negotiated the cost down to $198 per month for the Thomas Branch and nixed
the auto-renew clause. The total cost of trash removal for the Baugher
Center and Thomas is now $286 per month instead of $463, which will save the
Library $2,124 per year.
The severe cold and
subsequent snow melt Duneland experienced at the end of January caused roof
leaks at the Thomas Branch. Stamm reported the roof was replaced in 2009
with a 30-year warranty from E.C. Babilla. They have since come out and
assessed that the damage was likely a one-time issue due to extreme
temperatures. The leaks were repaired and covered under the warranty.
In February, 27,266
people visited the Library, and WPL presented 93 programs that has 1,839
attendees. 343 people used Library meeting rooms.