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Library facade estimate up by $3,850


The facade improvements for the Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library will cost $3,850 more to design.

Architects at Crawford & Stearns Architects and Preservation Planners, a Syracuse consultant hired to design the project, have determined that the building’s cornice assembly is in worse condition that originally had been projected. The facade project will be discussed at Monday night’s Watertown City Council meeting.

In the past 14 years, the cornice assembly has moved about an inch from the building, at 229 Washington St., and now a structural engineer must be hired to figure out how to fix the problem, Kenneth A. Mix, the city’s planning and community development coordinator, wrote in a memo last week.

Crawford & Stearns has suggested Klepper, Hahn and Hyatt Engineers, East Syracuse, “to design the appropriate stabilization measures,” Mr. Mix wrote.

The total cost of the design services will increase from $22,000 to $25,850. The $250,000 facade work will be part of three projects that will be completed this spring. The other work involves upgrades to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system and repairs to the roof.

The facade project also includes repairing the front marble fence, the two stone lion statues in front of the entrance and the deteriorating sidewalks and plaza. That work is included in the city’s 2012-13 capital improvement program.

Last March, council members said they wanted the fountains to be finished this summer, but that had to be delayed because the city did not receive any bids for the project.

The project will restore the fountains to how they appeared when library benefactor Emma Flower Taylor had them installed in 1906, two years after the library opened.

The city awarded a $98,900 contract to Sands Brothers Roofing Co., Antwerp, to repair the library’s roof.

In a related matter, council members are expected to reappoint Constance A. Holberg to an 11-year term on the library board. Her current term ends Dec. 31.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Monday in the third-floor council chambers of City Hall, 245 Washington St.

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