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Medina County District Library settles for $650K


MEDINA — Medina County District Library has settled with all parties involved in the Medina Library tile project for $650,000.

The project involves replacing 13,820 square feet of tile on the exterior walls of the library at a cost of about $1 million. Water had been seeping behind tiles installed 10 years ago during renovations and an expansion at the library.

The library filed a lawsuit in Medina County Common Pleas Court against several parties involved in the original project including architect David Milling and Associates; Marble Restoration Inc., the tile contractor; and general contractor Henele Builders Inc., among others.

Library officials said Tuesday the money is due to it within 30 days of the settlement. The library district approved the settlement March 18.

The Medina Library exterior tile replacement project is due for final completion in mid-May.

The only area of the library still under construction is the main entrance and rotunda surrounding it.

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Meanwhile, interior construction in what is currently the library’s Reference Department began Wednesday.

It will become the Virginia Wheeler-Martin Family History and Learning Center.

Wheeler-Martin, a former Medina County resident, left a $2.5 million donation to the Medina Library to build the center.

“(Through Friday) we will move the collection to other areas of the second floor,” Chris Weaver-Pieh, collection resources manager at MCDL, said in a statement.

“During this time, staff will do everything they can to access materials for members. However, if movers are transporting the cookbooks at the exact moment a member asks for a cookbook, they may have to come back later in the day.”

The Franklin Sylvester Genealogy and Local History collection is already packed up and not accessible at this time. Because of the delicate nature of the collection, staff packed the items this week and they will be the first items moved to their new location in the 1907 room.

“The 1907 room is a meeting room in the original 112-year-old section of the library,” Lauren Kuntzman, family history and learning center manager, said in a statement.

“It’s appropriate that during the construction it houses the local history collection.”

She said everything is unpacked and is expected to be ready for the Genealogy Slam on Saturday, when a nationally known speaker specializes in DNA research will present.

The interior project is projected to last 14-18 weeks.

The Virginia Wheeler-Martin Family History and Learning Center will feature an enhanced local history and genealogy collection, a digital conversion area for transferring video and audio into digital formats, Medina County’s first public Maker Space — featuring a 3D printer, large format printer, sewing machines and more.

The space will also gain a new computer lab, study room and dividable meeting room to accommodate one large or two smaller groups. The library’s nonfiction area and public computers will return to the space as well.

Sue Schuld, technology manager, said most things will be status quo during the construction.

“During construction the most popular services will continue, including public computers, laptop computers for in-library use, access to the nonfiction collection, printing, and free faxing and scanning,” she said.

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