July 1, 2016


Lodi Library to close for inspection

The Lodi Library branch of Medina County District Library will close for three days, July 31 to Aug. 2, to allow workers to inspect the original wood beams used in the construction of the building in 2006.

District Library Director Carole Kowell said the inspection was needed in connection with the lawsuit filed by the library in connection with the structural problems with the integrity of the clerestory roof area of the library.

The case is still in litigation.

The problems, which were discovered in November 2011, resulted in the main areas of the library to be closed to the public for more than two years. Library service continued through the Bookmobile and a temporary location.

Lodi Library reopened May 19 after a year-long renovation project replaced the beams.

In July 2013, the Medina County District Library filed a lawsuit against designers, contractors and other companies involved in the construction of the library: 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.

Lodi Library first opened to the public in early 2006 as part of a countywide library building project to expand and improve library buildings and service in Medina County.

Kowell said the library, 635 Wooster St., is closing for the safety of library staff and patrons. A heavy-duty crane will be stationed in the parking lot. Much of the library’s parking lot will be in use, greatly limiting public parking. Crews will be inspecting the beams.

Library materials due back during this time will have due dates extended until the library reopens Aug. 3.

All holds will remain in the system and be filled as soon as the library reopens. Library service at all other district libraries is unaffected.

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