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2/18/2013 6:00:00 AM
Library in Kingman reopens Tuesday

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

New drywall? Check. New ceiling tiles? Check. New carpeting? Check. Mohave County has finished its repair checklist for the Kingman Library and will reopen the building at 3269 North Burbank at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

A sprinkler main, which was supposed to be dry, filled with water and broke after a cold snap in January.

The repairs are expected cost more than $94,000 and included removing and replacing all the building's carpeting, repairing the electrical system, replacing damaged drywall, installing new wall insulation, coating new paint throughout the building and replacing ceiling tiles. In addition, the building's cooling towers and sprinkler system were repaired and all of the construction waste was disposed of.

The water ran down one of the back walls of the library, damaging drywall, ceiling tiles and soaking the carpet nearly to the front doors. Library staff minimized the damage by sopping up the mess.

While the damage was being repaired, staff moved most of the library's movies and video games and some of the books to the county's library annex on Gordon Avenue in order to continue to serve the public.

The county closed the annex to the public on Friday.

The library also waived all late fees on materials due by Jan. 28.

The library will resume its regular hours with the reopening: Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013
Article comment by: Joe Blow

Suzanne, while you checking on everything, how about checking NEW INSULTATION ON THE PIPES? If not, the same thing will happen someday on a bad cold snap. These contractors don't have a clue that water will freeze in the pipes below 20 degrees F without proper protection.

Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013
Article comment by: No Accountability

So, $94,000 in damages, nobody fired, nobody reprimanded? I see more of the good ole boy network at play here.

"A sprinkler main, which was supposed to be dry, filled with water and broke"

Did anybody ask for answers from PWC? Who is responsible to ensure the system is being inspection regularly. Who's responsible to ensure the system is up to the NFPA 25 and NFPA 13 standards? When was the last inspection done by PWC and/or the KFD if it was done at all. I'm curious to see if this is even brought up at the next meeting, I'll be there watching and listening just to see if the new members know how to do their job. I for one want to be there to see how they explain away $94,000 of our Tax Dollars to it's citizens.

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