Pasco library branch to open on schedule

Ty Beaver, Tri-City HeraldDecember 18, 2013 

The Pasco branch of the Mid-Columbia Libraries will open on time, despite the need for asbestos to be removed during the renovation.

The library district will have to pay $5,400 more to remove floor tiles that contained some asbestos. The Mid-Columbia Libraries board approved the change this week.

Officials closed the branch at Thanksgiving to add electrical outlets for electronic devices and other improvements. Some asbestos removal was expected, said finance and business director Anna Stroben.

"We just didn't know where it would be until the shelves were out," she told the Herald.

The project was initially expected to cost $140,000.

The renovation on the 13,000-square-foot building at 1320 W. Hopkins St. is scheduled to finish by Tuesday, giving library workers about a little more than a week to refurnish and finish setting up shelves before the Jan. 2 reopening.

In other business:

-- The president of a credit union and a business consultant are being recommended to fill coming vacancies on the library board.

It's up to Benton and Franklin county commissioners to decide if Kennewick residents Doug Wadsworth and Ashley Coronado be appointed.

Randal Fox and Jerry Hug, who represent Benton County on the board, are leaving their seats before the end of their seven-year terms because of family, personal and career commitments, said Davin Diaz, the library's communications director.

Wadsworth has headed Tri-Cities Community Federal Credit Union since 2008 while Coronado has been with Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce since 2010.

-- A $1,000 grant will provide help in renovating the library district's Prosser branch.

Northwest Farm Credit Services provided the grant and it will be used specifically to replace the branch's carpeting in 2014.

More than 300 people a day visit the branch. The carpet has been in place for more than 20 years and is stained, torn and separating from the floor in some spots.

The renovation is scheduled for the spring and will result in carpet tiles being installed in the branch's main reading room, community meeting room and two offices.

-- Ty Beaver: 509-582-1402; tbeaver@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @_tybeaver

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