Ms. O'Connor stated that she visited both Central Library and the Sixteen Acres Branch Library this past month with both looking well.
Director Bader, Ms. McElwaine, Dave Meehan, Municipal Zone Chief for the Springfield Parks Department, and library maintenance personnel did a "walk through" of Central Library in December with most of the building looking very good. Items needing attention are in progress now or are done. Mr. Meehan stated that he was impressed with the overall state of the Central Library building.
Ms. Bader plans to meet monthly with Dave Meehan and Mike O'Laughlin of Facilities Management to discuss library building issues.
Changes to exterior signage and plantings at Central Library were discussed. It was requested that Ms. Bader get new blueprint drawings for this area of the State Street corridor upgrade. Dave Meehan, will continue to be involved in this project.
Improvements at the East Springfield Branch will be coordinated with Facilities Management in preparation for the upcoming 75th Anniversary celebration planned for late spring.
Repairs to the Forest Park roof and parapet are being finalized with bids expected by the end of the month. Stump removal will begin next week.
Air quality at the Pine Point Branch was discussed. Ms. Bader stated that the air quality report is not back yet. There will be one baseline report and then one done when the roof project is completed. Contract has been awarded for roof replacement, with work to begin when all supplies have arrived.
Ms. Garvey remarked that since the Friends of the Library annual campaign will kick off in February, the library should declare February as "Friends of the Library month." She would like to see at each location a visible display including applications to and containers for donations to the Friends.