The Francesville-Salem Township Public Library can proceed with some building improvements, following action by the Pulaski County Council. Council members recently agreed to let the library issue up to $700,000 in bonds.
Attorney Justin Schramm said the library had Easterday Construction assess the building’s structural needs, since the library has a chance to make improvements without having to raise taxes, due to the expiration of a previous bond. “This is our wish list,” Schramm told council members. “These are the things that need done. And as you’ll see, a lot of it has to do with foundation, leaks, water intrusion, replacing air conditioner and furnace units, things that you would’ve seen – removal, potentially, of asbestos and other contaminants – that you’d think from a hundred-year-old building.”
The bond sale required the county council’s approval, since the library board is appointed, rather than elected. Schramm noted that the Monterey-Tippecanoe Township and Pulaski County public libraries recently went through the same process for their own renovation projects.