SERVPRO, a professional cleaning service, has been called in by the City of Russelvlille to clean up a mess that was caused by a busted water pipe and leaking roof at the building that once housed Logan County’s library. The incident is believed to have occurred when a recent ice and snow storm hit, which brought with it very cold temperatures.
“This is something that just happens sometimes,” said Russellville Mayor Mark Stratton. “We keep a check on the building often. Thank goodness we caught the situation before it got much worse.”
According to Stratton repairs will be turned into the city’s insurance. Stratton said the carpet will have to be pulled up and some of the ceiling tiles replaced, along with repair to the pipe and roof.
“When all the repairs are complete we will be addressing what we need to do with that building,” said Stratton.
The building has been sitting empty since the library moved out in early 2014. This past summer the City of Russellville did some sprucing up of the property in hopes to sell it.
The building, located on 201 West Sixth Street, was built in July 1966, by Waters Construction Company of Russellville. Total cost of the building, furnishings, and equipment was $193,620. The money came from a federal grant of $100,000 with $18,620 from the state of Kentucky and $75,000 from the deGraffenried bequest to the City of Russellville. The building was complete and the library opened Aug. 6, 1967.
An addition was built in 1974, adding 4,820 square feet to the original 6,718 square feet. Cost of the addition was $167,826, with all the funds for construction, furnishings, and equipment coming from a loan from the deGraffenried legacy and state aid.
The library is now located at 225 Armory Drive in Russellville. When the library moved out of the building on Sixth Street it left an opportunity for the City of Russellville, one which has not come to fruition yet.
“We have been looking for the best tenants for this property,” said mayor Stratton. “The property is located right in the middle of a residential area, and whatever goes in that building needs to mesh perfectly with its surroundings. After we get the property back to the way it was, we will be making some decisions to speed up the process of fulfilling that opportunity.”
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.