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Library fountains, facade may be repaired this year

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The cracked fountains in front of the Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library could finally be repaired by the end of summer.

The city is ready to put out requests for construction bid proposals to repair the fountains, the cracked facade on the front of the building, one of the stone lions and fencing, according to library Director Barbara J. Wheeler.

The city put $268,000 aside in the library’s budget for repairs and cleaning. All repair work will be done before the cleaning.

“Hopefully, there will be enough money to do both,” Mrs. Wheeler said.

The construction could start as soon as late June and coincide with the popular Farm and Craft Market on Washington Street.

“From what I understand from the meeting, especially when they’re working on the fence, they won’t want anyone in front of the library for safety reasons,” Mrs. Wheeler said. “I don’t think there will be too much impact on the farmers market, but I don’t know.”

She said pedestrians will be prohibited from walking on the lawn and sidewalk in front of the library once construction begins.

The repair work and cleaning could continue into fall depending on the bids that come in.

For Mrs. Wheeler, the repair work on the fountains has been a long time coming.

“It’s been five years since we’ve been talking about the repairs because it’s been in the capital budget,” she said. “The front of the library is starting to look gray and dingy. We’re excited about getting it cleaned and repaired.”

In other library business, Mrs. Wheeler said the library is allowing overdue books back through Saturday without fines.

“Now’s the time to bring them back in honor of National Library Week,” she said. “When you bring it back, there will be no overdue fines.”

She said not all fines will be erased, just those for books that have not been returned yet. “It’s more important to us that we get the item back than have you pay the fine,” Mrs. Wheeler said.

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