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May 30, 2013

Insurance to cover part of library repairs

Trustees vote to solicit bids

Insurance will pay for part of the repairs to the Cooperstown village library, according to trustee Cindy Falk.

“I’m really happy that they will pay for anything, because there is a lot to be done,” said Falk, who is the chairwoman of the streets and buildings committee.

The village’s insurance company, New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal, inspected the damage to the adult reading room and told Falk that they will pay to repair the damaged plaster in the room.

A 63-year-old Edmeston man was injured on April 22 when the 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.

NYMIR’s inspector agreed with a previous assessment by Jon McManus, who did an inspection for the village, that the damage was probably caused by a leak or water moisture that came into the 22 Main St. building through a crack in the chimney.

“That is probably why the plaster fell where it did (by the fireplace),” Falk said. “The ironic thing is we had the chimney fixed last year, but it had already caused the damage.”

The trustees voted last week to open the process to bids. Falk said that there are more repairs to be done on the building and she hopes that they will all be done at the same time.

“Some of it is time sensitive,” she said. “The roof repairs, obviously we need to get those done in the summer time.”

Tiles from the roof have begun to fall off. Trustee Lou Allstadt, who lives at 18 Main St., said he found some of the tiles in his yard. Allstadt, who was president of the Friends of 22 Main St. group before becoming a trustee, also told Falk that he found a broken joist in the roofing.

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