We are appealing for donations to help defray costs related to replacing the library’s boiler system, which broke down over the weekend of February 14. Library Director Debbie Oaks reported that the system was working well on Saturday, when there was blowing snow and dropping temperatures. When library staff arrived on Monday, February 16, parts of the library had dropped to 50 degrees or less.
Deets Mechanical responded to the library’s call for help. When they examined the boilers, they found that two of the three boilers had literally frozen. The fresh air inlet required to operate the boilers had caused too much air to enter the boiler room. “It was the perfect storm of events that caused this to happen,” they said.
It was determined that the best course of action was to replace the two frozen boilers. Deets located two units and went to pick them up in Youngstown, OH on Tuesday, February 17. Workers were here first thing on Wednesday morning, putting the new boilers in place. By late afternoon, the temperature was noticeably warmer in the building. They continue to monitor the situation to make sure that everything continues to work.
Library patrons as well as staff members made the best of the situation while repairs were underway. Initial costs for the two boilers and installation was approved in the amount of $13,422, but the final costs will actually be higher. The third boiler will need to be replaced at the end of this heating season, and additional measures need to be taken to ensure that these particular problems do not happen again. Costs could easily reach $20,000 or more by the time everything is completed later in the spring.
We are asking for financial support from our community to help defray these costs. People have already begun to contribute to this effort, but much more is needed. Please consider helping today. Any amount is appreciated! Thank you for your patience as we resolved the heating issues, and as always, for your continued support.