MASON CITY, Iowa - An award of contract for repairing the Mason City Public Library is temporarily being put on hold for legal reasons.
The library will need $87,000 worth of emergency funding to fix water damage, and after recent severe storms, it became apparent there is an issue with water being held inside of the walls.
While the City was tentatively scheduled to approve the contract at Friday's midday special council meeting, it was pulled from the agenda in order for the City to comply with Iowa's competitive quote thresholds and to allow other firms who have expressed interest to comment.
City administrator Aaron Burnett says that he wants to make sure the City is following state law.
"We just need to make sure that we've reached out to the people who filed with the city with interest in doing this kind of work, and give them a chance to quote," Burnett said.
He's also aware of the timeliness of the work.
"We need to complete this emergency work. The roof is not terribly old. It's frustrating that we're at this point, but whenever you have that many structures, things happen," Burnett added.
Burnett hopes that the issue can be brought up for approval during the next council meeting.