June 27, 2016

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With lawsuit pending, Lodi Library nears reopening

LODI — Construction work on part of Lodi Library should be completed in time for a spring reopening, officials say.

“The work is under way, on time and on budget,” library community relations manager Heather Coontz said. “We expect a spring opening, but we do not have an exact date yet.”

Repairs to the Lodi Library are expected to be completed by spring. (COURTESY PHOTO)

The Medina County District Library awarded a $1.5 million construction contract in June to Simmons Brothers Corp. of Medina to replace the Lodi branch’s roof, interior support beams and some windows.

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

Coontz said a lawsuit in county common pleas court is still in progress against six companies that were the designers, contractors and suppliers of the library when it was built eight years ago.

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

All the books, DVDs and computers were moved to a meeting room covered by a different roof. The library has been conducting many of its programs at a space at Lodi Station Outlets, 9911 Avon Lake Road, in Harrisville Township.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.