Long-awaited roof repair at Riverton library approvedOct 30, 2014 By Eric Blom, Staff Writer
A project to improve the Riverton Branch Library's leaky roof has the green light to begin. Fremont County Commissioners approved hiring architects and engineers to design the work at their Oct. 14 meeting.
Planning is to cost about $74,000, library system director Tracy Cook told the county board.
The design would cover fixing the roof and drainage around the Riverton library, but the county would not have to do the actual work on both issues.
"My understanding is that although this would be design for both the roof and the drainage, it's not committing us to that until we see what money we have in hand," Commissioner Stephanie Kessler said. "We do think we have the money to at least do the roof."
For years, the Riverton library's roof has leaked, posing a danger to the shelves of books underneath. Staff have often resorted to covering stacks with tarps and placing buckets to catch drips.
The library intends to hire Dubbe Moulder Architects, of Jackson, and Trihydro, an engineering firm headquartered in Laramie, Cook said.
In addition to the leaks, the ground around the building does not drain well, library officials have reported. Water collects around and under concrete areas, causing structures to lift when the water freezes.
A draft budget shows the projected total cost so far, including design and both pieces of construction, would be $1.1 million. Fremont County hopes to only cover a fraction of that cost.
The library has received a $570,000 grant through one State Loan and Investment Board program and has applied for $320,000 from another. The county has committed $250,000. SLIB expects to make a decision about the second grant in January.
Cook expects to put the project out to bid in late January or early February, she said.