Libraries Get Building Improvements

limberlostroof1.jpgIn addition to the new heating system installed at the Kendallville Public Library in December (see below), other improvements are being made to the library’s buildings. Also in Kendallville, a fresh coat of paint was added recently to many areas around the library, including the study rooms in the Adult Services Department.

The Limberlost Branch Library in Rome City now has a new, metal roof to protect it from the elements. The roof comes after a complete install of new windows earlier in 2017. Next for Rome City is an interior renovation, planned for the spring.

The Kendallville location will also be getting an upgrade to its air conditioning system before the summer heat sets in.

All improvements were paid for through the library’s budget or grants designated for building improvements. No additional taxes are required!


The Heat is On (Once Again)

tcsboilers2.jpgThe heat was not on for a few days in December at the Kendallville Public Library. After checking the weather forecast and noting warmer temps for December 18-20, workers from TCS Heating and Cooling, Inc. made plans to disconnect the library’s old boiler units and install new ones.

The work was planned for spring, but the situation with the old boilers, called Munchkins, became dire when two went down completely and a third was on its last legs. That left just two fully functioning units to heat the building all winter. Unfortunately parts were no longer available to repair these aging was time for a replacement.

On December 18, TCS got to work replacing those five old units with two brand new, energy efficient boilers. The heating system was completely shut down until Wednesday, but the building was able to stay fairly warm due to the warm outdoor temperatures and shining sun.

The new units come at a pretty hefty cost - $67,904 - paid for out of the library’s 2017 budget. Over time, the equipment should save the library money in energy bills. TCS also helped the library secure energy efficiency rebates from local providers. Indiana Michigan Power offered a rebate of $387.24 and NIPSCO’s incentive was $6,676.80.