Letter to the Editor

Ongoing problems with the Library roof

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Dear Editor,

On Nov. 7, the Mountain Home Public Library will have a levy request on the ballot. While there is no good time to ask voters for additional funds, the Library is at a crossroads.

In 2005, voters approved a bond to double the size of the existing library building. That approval made a significant difference in the way the Library provided services to the community.

Some of the benefits included creating a large youth services area for early literacy and after-school programs, the addition of 22 public use computers, giving our seniors a place to use a computer with limited interruptions and adding much needed space for a growing collection of many types of popular materials.

The Library’s problems began in 2010, when the roof membrane started leaking. From 2010 thru 2015, the leaks were patched under warranty. However, it became clear over that short span of time that the membrane was actually failing.

The Library continued to work with the warranty company to find a permanent solution. Before this was accomplished, the company filed for bankruptcy, effectively voiding the warranty.

From 2015 thru today, we have worked with numerous companies to try different products, but our best solution is to completely tear off the existing roof and replace it. With your approval, our goal will be to specify a membrane material from a reputable manufacturer who has a history of standing by their products.

For more details and pictures of the damage I encourage you to visit our website, www.mhlibrary.org/levy for more information.

— William Lamb, Library Director

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