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August 11, 2013

Adult reading room at library reopens

By Greg Klein Staff Writer
Cooperstown Crier

---- — The adult reading room of the village library reopened on July 31 after a contractor finished plaster repairs.

The work was done by Joe Sheets Custom Plastering of Clinton.

The village’s insurance company, New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal, will pay for most of the plaster work. According to trustee Cindy Falk, who is the chairwoman of the buildings committee, insurance will pay $9,546 for the repairs. Although the final bill has not come in for the work, the initial estimate was $9,600.

“In addition to the center section of the library ceiling, he and his crew secured the plaster in the northern bay of the same room, and they repaired ceiling damage in the Cooperstown Art Association classroom immediately upstairs,” Falk said. “And, in both places he was able to maintain the historic plaster cornices.”

McManus Engineering did the specifications for the plaster work at no fee to the village

The southwest chimney of the building on 22 Main St. is being re-pointed by Kurt Van Spanje. Several inspections of the building indicated that the plaster damage was caused by leaks in the chimney.

A 63-year-old Edmeston man was injured on April 22 when a large chunk of plaster dropped from the ceiling above him while reading in the room. The man, whose name was not released to the public, was treated at Bassett Medical Center for minor injuries to his arm.

The adult reading room has been closed since then.

Falk said that the village will take bids on roof work for the building in the very near future. Fallen tiles from the roof have been found in the neighborhood.