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Larchmont Library Gets Structural Inspection

The Larchmont Public Library Board of Trustees commissioned an inspection of the library's front columns and balustrade Friday to evaluate the options for repairing them.

"The columns and balustrade are peeling and the wood has begun to rot," said library director Diane Courtney. "Obviously this is a structural issue."

White Plains-based firm  Hillman and Miley Consulting Engineers will be estimating the cost of repairs, while an assessment team from the Mt. Kisco-based Calgi Construction Company, Inc. was sub-contracted to perform the inspection.

"The question is whether to replace the columns with wood or with synthetic materials," said Courtney. "And what would be the most cost-effective."

Courtney said that the cost for repair would most likely come out of the library's capital fund, which is money earmarked for capital projects such as building repairs.

"We want to avoid bonds if possible," she said.

Courtney hopes the estimates will be available by next week.

"A library is like a house," she said. "Once in a while it needs some work."

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