Library children’s area, community room under construction after recent flood damage

first_imgby Amber Countryman, Sumner Newscow — Following the recent May floods, the Wellington Public Library received considerable damage to the downstairs area, which contains the children’s library and community room.“As a combination of ground flooding and a sump pump failure, that both worked toward the flooding of the library,” said Tom Kohmetscher, Wellington Public Library Board president. “While we got water over a good portion of the floor, destroying the carpet and much of the sheetrock, the library staff and volunteers got to work immediately and were able to get the books out of the high moisture content rooms, and moved to a dry place for storage. At this point, it looks like most of the children’s books can be salvaged.”Eagle Construction was able to start work immediately on drying the rooms, pulling up carpet and replacing sheetrock. Jeff Brungardt of Wellington worked on the electrical portion, and Chew Plumbing was also able to come right out.“We are really blessed by the fact that we had local contractors willing to come work immediately — that made a big difference,” Kohmetscher said. “They had loads of calls but were still able to come right away. We are lucky in that regard.”The library is expecting to be fully functional again by July 1. Until then, patrons can use the 7th Street entrance, and those needing assistance can ring the doorbell at the Jefferson Street entrance and a staff member will assist you.A temporary children’s area has been set up near the adult circulation desk upstairs. The summer reading program activities will continue as planned, but story time on Wednesday mornings will be held outside on the lawn, weather permitting.As immediate damage was addressed, some structural damage was uncovered.“We are going to have to put foundation supports along the west side, and do significant excavation work to grade away from the building so that water won’t be backed up against it,” Kohmetscher said. “We got the immediate damage taken care of, but there are still a lot of projects left to work on. This will help address long-standing issues with the building and grounds.”Recently, trees had to be removed from the grounds to get the drainage away from the building.The library is accepting donations toward the renovation costs. Checks can be mailed to the library, or taken to the adult circulation desk.“The building is such a gem, it’s just needing some tender loving care,” Kohmetscher said. “With what we’re doing, we’re hoping to make it a gem for another 150 years.”Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more