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Water Damage At Library Generates Steep Repair Price

Repairs are in order after water damaged Blackmur Library. The area sustaining damage was the 2001 addition.

By Jack Gurner

WATER VALLEY – Repairs to the water-damaged floor of the Blackmur Memorial Library are expected to cost at least $75,000, according to Mayor Bill Norris.

“Water got water underneath the building and everything rotted out,” Mayor Norris said after inspecting the damage to the library located on Blackmur Drive at South Street.

There was a lot of structural damage, the Mayor noted. “The floor was spongy. The carpet was the only thing holding it,” he said.

The portion of the building affected is the addition that was completed in spring of 2002. There is no damage to the original structure donated to the city in 1977 by Nell Blackmur, window of W. E. Blackmur.

Library board president Rubye Carr said that everything possible would be done to keep the library open during repairs.

Mayor Norris said that the entrance may be relocated to the side of the building and some shelving and fixtures may have to be moved. “It may be a little cramped. But, we will keep the library open,” he said.

The Mayor added he will meet with the library board this Thursday to discuss the floor damage and the building’s insurance coverage.

Construction of the addition began in 2001 after the city received a state grant of $254,447.24 which was matched by local funds of $101,957.24.

Gillis Construction Company of Sturgis was the general contractor.

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