Logan Mayor Craig Petersen said the library’s cooling system has proven to be a real challenge the last couple of summers. Last year, the air conditioning stopped working and employees and patrons managed to struggle through that with just a little discomfort as machinists were able to get it working again.
But this summer it went out again and the building kept getting hotter and hotter – reaching up to 90 degrees inside. This time they were not able to get the parts for it right away so the decision was made to close the library from July 21-25.
Crews were able to get the parts and get the AC working again this past week, but on KVNU’s Speak to the Mayor hour during For the People, Mayor Petersen said it’s really highlighted another problem with the current library building.
“What that indicates to me…it further commits me to the notion that we’ve got to have a new library. We could do some renovation on the existing building but that building is a black hole.” The mayor explained, “I don’t know if people realize it, part of that building was a dance hall.
“Then it became the Sears building and then it became Logan City offices. But the footprint of the library is six different buildings built at different times”.
The mayor said the uncertainty of trying to remodel a building that’s actually six different buildings really doesn’t make sense. He said they’ve identified a number of potential locations for a new library building. Mayor Petersen couldn’t specify exactly where because of land purchase issues. But he said the city is looking very closely at these potential spots.