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Public Hearing On West Liberty Library

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The Community of West Liberty, Iowa will be able to speak out tonight on the future of the town's closed library. Last summer, building inspectors closed down the library after declaring it a structural safety hazard.

This is because inspectors noticed to the support beams were giving out, creating the possibility of a roof collapse.  

West Liberty Library Director Janette McMahon she's been noticed the damage over the years. "Twelve years of water damage on the wood timbers makes it a little but scary for the building inspector," McMAhon said.

As of last summer, the cost to repair the library was at $1.4 Million dollars. Part of the reason it's so costly, is because the library has two sections; a 100 year old section, and a new one. The scaffolding surrounding the new part of the building is where the trouble, because the beams are absorbing water. 

The new addition will cost more because they will have to be demolished and rebuilt. 

Tonight's meeting is at 7:30 P.M. at the Waldo C. Meyers Municipal Building.
Town leaders will also go over the cost details of construction and listen to community reaction.