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Library renovation timeline updated

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com

Contractors and architects for the $2 million renovation of the Shelby County Public Library apparently are not on the same page.

Last month, the project architect, Gerard Skibinski of Odle McGuire Shook, told the library’s Board of Trustees that construction would be done by mid-April.

At the trustees’ meeting on Tuesday evening, Janet Wallace, director of the library, told the board that the contractor, Runnebohm Construction, said that’s not going to happen.

“It’s all weather-related,” she told the trustees.

In the conference room behind the library’s front desk where the trustees met, the ongoing construction was evident.

Overhead lights, still in their drop-ceiling panels, hung down at odd angles like it was a photographer’s studio; most of the ceiling panels had been removed, exposing pipes and ductwork.

Wallace said the contractors did not give a new timeline for finishing the renovation which has been ongoing for months.

The project includes installing a new heating and air conditioning system in the main library building, 57 W. Broadway St., and completing renovation of the Carnegie East Wing, 33 W. Broadway St.

A space between the buildings, formerly a parking lot, is being transformed into a plaza space, including a fountain.

“The fountain is supposed to start soon,” said Wallace.

So is replacing the copper shingles on the dome above the main library, she said. The existing shingles are original to the building which is more than 100 years old, built with funding from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

The parking lot behind the library is being expanded to replace the spaces lost to the plaza. A greenspace is planned for the area between the expanded lot and Tompkins Street.

In other matters, Wallace told the trustees the library’s new website is finished.

Laura Guenin, public relations director for the library, did the new site which has the same address as the old one – www.myshelbylibrary.org.

‘A Night in the Stacks’

Annual wine and cheese fundraiser

WHERE: Shelby County Public Library, 57 W. Broadway St. in Shelbyville

WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. April 21


n Music by Scot Shrader

n Appetizers by Ricca Macklin

n Simmons wines and craft beers

n Lemonade and coffee

Tickets: $20 now on sale soon at the library. Money raised will go to fund a pergola, a covered walkway for the plaza.