Library to begin construction projects

Tentative construction dates are Sept. 7-Dec. 2

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY — The board of the trustees of Troy-Miami County Public Library accepted a bid from C&N Contractors of Springfield to re-construct both library entrances, install a handicapped accessible restroom, and upgrade outdoor lighting.

Rachelle Miller, executive director of the Troy-Miami County Library, said, “The construction project will be loud at times and the entrances will be closed when they are being worked on. It may get drafty. But, we are still planning to offer the same number of programs and continue all services throughout construction. We prefer not to close so we will not do so unless circumstances require it.”

The bid was the lowest responsible bid at $124,000 for the south entrance; $20,682 for the north entrance; and $21,225 for the lighting upgrade.

The project is being paid for through the library’s general fund, which is comprised of levy receipts and from the state’s Public Library Fund. The library also received $10,000 from the Troy Foundation toward the construction of the handicapped accessible restroom, according to Miller.

Candace Goodall of Troy is serving as the architect and will oversee the project.

C&N Contractors will remove and rebuild the existing south entrance to West Main Street, including the existing glass structure which has outlived its life expectancy. It will be replaced with a metal roof. A handicapped accessible restroom will also be constructed in a portion of the area currently serving as a vestibule.

The north entrance will also include removal of the glass structure and replacement with a metal roof.

“Globe” lights around the building will be replaced with more energy efficient LED fixtures.

These exterior modifications were approved by the city’s planning commission July 27.

Tentative construction dates are Sept. 7-Dec. 2. Information about the closing of the entrances will be posted on the library’s website as it becomes available.

Miller said she hopes it will be the last major project at the library for awhile.

“We’ve done a lot … new roofs (membrane and shingles), new carpet, created the new book area, replaced sewer lines, reworked HVAC, moved some collections for easier access … but nothing of this magnitude,” Miller said. “The construction could be disruptive. We appreciate the community’s patience and support during this two and a half month project.”

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Tentative construction dates are Sept. 7-Dec. 2

By Melanie Yingst

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