Work on repairing the Mohave County Library's Kingman Branch has begun. The county awarded a $94,800 contract to T. R. Orr of Kingman, which was selected Wednesday though the county's emergency bid process.
The library flooded Tuesday afternoon after the recent freezing weather and subsequent thaw caused a sprinkler main to break. The leak brought down ceiling tiles and damaged two walls, some library materials and some seat cushions. Carpet was soaked nearly to the front doors.
Acting County Manager Mike Hendrix was out sick Friday and unavailable for comment. As a matter of formal procedure, the Board will approve the contract for the library at its next meeting.
State law requires that all bids over $10,000 go through a competitive bid process and then be approved by the Board of Supervisors before construction. However, in emergency cases where public health or safety may be endangered, the county procurement code allows the county procurement officer to take and award bids without the immediate approval of the Board. The contracts must be limited to only what work is necessary to fix the emergency and a written explanation of the emergency and why the director chose that contract must be added to the file.
T. R. Orr will have 30 days to repair the damage. The county anticipates reopening the building around Feb. 19.
The Wi-Fi Internet access at the branch has been restored and residents can access it from the library parking lot.
All items that are currently checked out from the Kingman branch will not be due until the branch is reopened to the public. No late fines will be assessed. Items can be returned to any of the other Mohave County Library Branches in the county or at the County Annex at 2153 E. Gordon Drive.
All materials currently on hold for library patrons, as well as all new DVD releases and video games, will be moved to the annex. The annex also has books and other materials that residents can check out from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
All county offices, including the annex, will be closed today due to the Martin Luther King holiday.