The work on the Sedalia Public Library is moving along, albeit a little slower than expected, and is on schedule to be completed by the end of August according to Sedalia Public Library Director Pam Hunter.
The project, which began on July 24, 2012, was originally planned on being completed by the middle of June, but due to several small setbacks, that end date was pushed back.
“They are working on rebuilding the southwest corner, so that is kind of slow right now. They are rebuilding it from the foundation to the roof,” Hunter explained when asked what stage of the project is currently being worked on.
Hunter added, “Little loose ends are being tied up. We’ve had a few change orders over the course of the project. It’s kind of been ongoing uring the project. Basically we are in put back together mode now.”
Hunter was asked if she was pleased with the work that is being done to the Carnegie Library.
“The craftsmanship is excellent. Replacing some of the antique features is intricate and it doesn’t go very fast,” Hunter said.
When asked what company was performing the work on the project, Hunter replied, “Several different companies are working on it. Septagon is the project manager with several sub-contractors working beneath them.”
According to Hunter, of the $1.5 million budgeted for the project, $1,064,550 have been spent on the project as of June 10.
“Everything is at a standstill until they get that corner built. After it’s done, they can put the rest of the walls up, windows back in, lay the carpet and paint, and all of the finishing touches,” Hunter said.
Hunter was asked how long it will take to move back into the original building once it is completed.
“It will probably take at least a month to get moved back over,” Hunter said.
According to Hunter, patron numbers have been down since moving to the temporary site located at 515 S. Ohio.
“We don’t have the circulation numbers that we did at the old building, but people are finding us. We are pleased with the patrons that are finding us here, just that the numbers are not as strong as at the other building,” Hunter said.
She added, “We’ve had phenomenal numbers with the summer reading program.”
The issues concerning the Sedalia Public Library began in the summer of 2012 when an extreme drought caused the foundation of the building to crack and become unstable.
On December 10, 2012, the Sedalia City Council approved adding $1.5 million to its 2012 Certificates of Participation projects for improvements and repairs to the Carnegie Library building. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.