Board approves library improvements

FLINT TWP. — A $14,360 improvement project for the McCarty Library. 2071 Graham Road, including a $7,000 budget amendment, was approved 4-0 by the township board last week.

Trustees George Menoutes, Barb Vert and Belenda Parker were absent.

The board had budgeted $8000 this year for new carpet at the library which is a branch of the Genesee District Library (GDL). The township owns the building which also houses the senior citizens center.

Planned library improvements were changed at the request of the GDL which wanted additional work done at the same time as the upheaval from replacing the carpet. That includes removing two divider doors, relocating the computers and painting the walls. Moving the computers also entails added expense for electrical work.

From multiple bids submitted, township supervisor Karyn Miller recommended accepting a low bid for $950 from Sather Electrical Contracting of Clio to do the electrical work. It will include installing cable for the computer modems, addition of seven new computer jacks and installing and extending wiring to the service panel.

For the rest of the work, Miller recommended hiring J.W. Morgan Construction of Swartz Creek which submitted a bid of $13,410. That work will involve disassembling and moving shelving and furniture, tear- ing out and hauling away carpet, removing wallpaper in one room, removing door panels between the reading room and the main room, removing a built-in desk behind the front counter and reinstalling it in a new location, painting ceilings and walls, drywall patch and repair and carpet installation.

Both recommended bids were approved.

Miller noted that walls had not been painted in a long time, making it a good time to do so.

Trustee Frank Kasle asked if the township was responsible for furnishings and equipment inside the library. He said he wanted to make sure that the cost of moving around shelving, disassembling furniture and installing new computer boxes and such is the township’s responsibility and not the GDLs.

Courts Kim Clerk said the shelving is the township’s responsibility and they have to be removed in order to install new carpet.

Miller added that liabilities could be involved if the shelves are not installed properly.

She also said a group called Friends of the Library is active in providing assistance to the library. They will be responsible for removing and replacing books and computers while the improvement work is being done.

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