Jay Johnston, Executive Director of the Farmington Libraries, prepared the following announcement regarding the water incident at the Barney Library and an update on the library’s closure:
On Saturday morning, January 26 at 6:00 a.m., custodian Stephen McMahon entered the Barney Library and discovered water cascading from the ceiling above. Steve responded quickly, calling the fire department that came immediately to shut off the water valve. Steve then called Kathy Lescoe, branch manager, who arrived to find the building with several inches of water on the floor on the south side, comprising the children's room and lending area. The water also involved the basement, subsequently flooding the elevator pit, which has been pumped dry and is in the process of being restored to service by Otis Elevator.
Mike Andreas, Chair of the FVGLA Board, and Andy Baron, Head of the Library Board of Trustees, have been very involved in the recovery process while Kathy Lescoe has taken the lead in coordination and labor. Kathy led the library’s disaster team consisting of Barbara Knibbs, Stephen McMahon, Bernie Dayton and Susan Porter, all of whom moved the involved materials, electronic equipment, telecom, IT and other items from the impacted areas to safety.
Servpro, Inc, a company with resources to respond quickly to fire and water damage, and Clean Harbors, LLC, an emergency pumping service licensed to dispose of contaminated water, were both called immediately following the incident to contend with and stop the spread of the damage. On Thursday, January 31, members from the disaster team met for a formal damage assessment walk through and the development of an authorized recovery plan, discussed in accordance with the insurance adjuster. All carpeting and cabinetry in the affected areas on both the first and second floors will be replaced. Scope Construction and others are authorized and preparing the affected areas to be reconstituted as required. The project will require about 90 days to completion.
All programs originally scheduled to take place in the Barney Library have been transferred indefinitely to available space in the main library, and the Barney staff have been redeployed to the main library as well. With over 1,000 items currently on loan from the Barney, we have instituted a process to contend with their return. The Barney outreach programs, which serve the homebound and elderly, were expanded to meet the new needs of patrons. Materials on-hold, as well as the in-demand items from the Barney collection, have been moved to the main library, in order to maintain access to these materials as well as the high level of service our patrons have come to expect.
The Farmington Library is part of the Farmington Village Green and Library Association.