July 1, 2016

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Deal inked for library roof repair

LODI — Lodi Library officials have hired a Columbus architectural firm to design repairs for a faulty roof that closed a third of the building more than a year ago.

The board of trustees signed a $276,000 contract with Prime Engineering & Architecture earlier this week, library spokeswoman Heather Coontz said.

She said the company will perform a 13-week evaluation to develop a plan for repairing the roof and the board will hire a construction company to execute the repairs.

“The repairs should be complete by spring of next year, as long as the weather cooperates with us,” Coontz said.

Coontz said officials have not yet set a budget for how much the project will cost.

The library, 625 Wooster St., was built in 2005 and cost $3 million. It opened in February 2006. In 2011, the main part of the library was closed because the timber beams in the roof were not structurally sound.

All the books, DVDs and computers were moved to a meeting room covered by a different roof.

Earlier this month, the library announced it planned to sue some companies involved in building the library to pay for the repairs. Coontz declined to name the companies.

The library’s construction was managed by Sharon Township-based Ruhlin Co. and the architect was David Milling and Associates, of Ann Arbor, Mich.

She said it’s taken so long to prepare the lawsuit because the library needed to have some inspections done to confirm the problem.

“Prime Engineering was the one who came in to do the inspection,” Coontz said.

Lodi Library is one of six branches of the Medina County District Library.

Until everything is complete, Coontz asked the community to remain patient.

“The goal is to return the Lodi branch to the community and make it a center of activity,” Coontz said.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.