MASON CITY, Iowa- The Mason City Council has added an emergency repair item to Friday’s agenda, which is referring to the Mason City Public Library.
After severe storms it became apparent there is an issue with the water being held inside of the walls due to flat roofing. Those with the city said the library director then had an evaluation down to find the issue.
Henkel Construction diagnosed a number of repairs that need to be made including: new gutters, insulation and a bigger exterior hole for drainage. The city estimated the cost would be around $87,000.
Nick Dodd and Scott Green, of Mason City, said it was a shame they had to close the room down, saying they used it quite frequently to watch videos. But how much money the repairs are going to cost are really what struck them.
“I would have assumed that it was some simple wall fixes and drywall,” said Dodd. “I’m not really sure what all they have in there for damages, but that amount of money seems out of this world.”
The city said this isn’t the first time they have had to make repairs to roof and interiors because of leakage. In 2005, they had to repair the slate roof and they did it again in 2009 due to water leaking in.
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