“He said it may have been faulty for 100 years, but it picked this time to break,” Falk said.
Most likely, the plaster and roofing repairs will be done by separate companies.
“We have to find someone who specializes in the plaster,” Falk said. “There aren’t many people out there who do that kind of work. We have a lot of detailed plaster work along the walls, so we want to find someone who can cut the plaster right around the hole without damaging the cornices, which are very nice.”
The village set aside $63,000 in the 2013-14 budget for repairs to the building, which houses the library, the police department, municipal offices and also the Cooperstown Art Association. However, Falk said that she expects the total cost of repairs to be much higher.
“We’re not starting from scratch. We have something in the budget, but we’re not in great shape financially either,” she said.
There is no timetable for reopening the room, which contains most of the adult fiction and non-fiction books as well as DVDs. It was also where the main checkout desk was located. However, the damages have been cleaned up, and head librarian, David Kent, is now allowed to go into the room to pull requested books.
“At least we can do that now,” Falk said. “If somebody requests a book, David can get it for them because the room is cleaned up. Until we had it cleaned, he couldn’t even do that.”