Lodi Library Update
The Medina County District Library Board is continuing its efforts to bring the issues with the Lodi Branch building to a resolution.
With the assistance of its design professional, Prime Engineering, the Library Board has developed a plan to correct the building defects, and, at its June 24, 2013, meeting, approved a contract with Simmons Brothers Corporation, to perform the remedial work in the amount of $1,513,421. Work will start in July and continue into early next year, with a re-opening of the Lodi Branch in the spring of 2014.
The Library Board is also continuing its efforts to recover from those entities and individuals that created the situation. Specifically, the problem is the result of defective design, materials, and installation. Responsibility for these defects lies with many companies involved with the project, but the Library Board is not responsible. On July 8, 2013, the Library Board filed a lawsuit against the original design professionals, contractors, and material suppliers for the project. The case was filed in the Medina County Court of Common Pleas (Medina County District Library v. David Milling, Inc., et al., Case No. 13CIV0808).
The Library Board appreciates the understanding and patience of the community while it works to correct this unfortunate circumstance and to pursue reimbursement for the related expenses. The goal is to return the Lodi Library to the community for use as a functioning library in the very near future so that it can once again be a valued source of community pride and center of community activity.
As this community is aware, a significant portion of the Lodi Branch building has been closed for over a year. The closing occurred after a professional engineer retained by the Library Board and the local building department both inspected the building and recommended closing a majority of the structure for public use. The recommendation was made due to concerns with the structural soundness of the building.
Since that time, the Library Board has diligently pursued a remedy to the problem by retaining both engineers and architects to inspect the building in great detail in order to determine the cause and extent of the issue and to develop an engineering solution that can be implemented to address the problem. The basic problem is that the timber beams in the main clerestory of the building are not structurally sound. It has been a lengthy, involved, and difficult process.