Dave Meehan, City of Springfield, Municipal Zone Chief, addressed the Commission. He has toured all branch libraries in order to come up with a "game plan" and estimate repair costs. He gave updates on work planned and underway at some branch locations:
Sixteen Acres: new roof installed on back section; trees have been trimmed; has quotes to repair the carpet and front area. Tile is being considered and all monies will come out of Facilities budget.
Pine Point: Roofing construction today and out to bid next week. Job to be done "before the snow flies." In preparation debris will be cleared and fencing repaired. Monies from Facilities budget. Estimate of $150,000.
Forest Park: Repair of roof and parapet planned for early spring due to necessary lead-time required (14-16 weeks) for preparation. Referring to blueprints of the Library, Mr. Meehan explained that rushing would compromise the repair, as some of the terra cotta panels must be rebuilt. He explained that it might be necessary to go before the historical commission to find out what is allowed. Estimate for the entire project is in the $175,000 range, which will come from Facilities budget.
The large tree, which had been in front and was damaged in a storm, has been taken out. Forest Park Advisory Committee to be involved in decision to replace tree or install fountain or flower plantings.
East Springfield: The City is soliciting bids for new carpeting; with monies to come out of Facilities budget "Cosmetic" upgrades are planned. $15,000 total budget.
Liberty: Property exterior cleanup and debris removal to be done by City department. Front steps to be done within 2 weeks.
Pine Point: New roofing, gutters and downspouts are planned.
Mr. Meehan then answered questions posed by the Commissioners and also by Mr. Bill Malloy, who represented the Forest Park Advisory Committee. The Siemons Company energy study was discussed as well as the use of money from Community Development Block Grants.