June 30, 2016

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County library sues firms over Lodi roof

The Medina County District Library is suing six companies in county common pleas court over a faulty roof that resulted in the closing of a third of the Lodi Library in 2011.

The lawsuit, filed last week, lists defendants as David Milling Inc., of Ann Arbor, Mich.; Cavanaugh Building Corp., of Akron; The Cincinnati Insurance Co., of Fairfield; Amish Timber Framers, of Doylestown; Koehlinger Engineering LLC, of Bolivar; and Thorson Baker & Associates Inc., of Cleveland.

The six companies were the designers, contractors and suppliers for the library, district spokeswoman Heather Coontz said.

The district library, which manages six locations around the county, is seeking damages from all six companies, legal expenses, attorneys’ fees and a declaration that the library is entitled to insurance coverage.

The district library announced in February it planned to sue.

“It has been a lengthy, involved and difficult process,” Coontz said.

Lodi Library, 625 Wooster St., was built in 2005 and cost $3 million. It opened in 2006.

Two years ago, the main part of the library was closed because the timber beams in the roof were not structurally sound. It’s been closed ever since.

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

The library has entered into contracts with Prime Engineering & Architecture and Simmons Brothers Corp. to design and execute the repairs. The total cost of the contracts was just less than $1.8 million.

Coontz said in February the damages library officials hope to win from the lawsuit would be used to pay for the repairs.

Repair work is scheduled to start this month, she said, and is expected to wrap up by the spring.

“The goal is to return the Lodi Library to the community for use as a functioning library in the very near future,” Coontz said, “so that it can once again be a valued source of community pride and center of community activity.”

The library is represented by Columbus attorney Tarik Kershah in the suit. No defense attorneys are listed yet in court records.

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.