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Sedgwick Library Cuts Hours, Still Seeking Permanent Location

Posted 1/11/2018

By Pilar MartinLIBRARY board members have held several fundraisers to help the library stay in business. LIBRARY board members have held several fundraisers to help the library stay in business.

SEDGWICK—The Lillian Tear Library has had yet another setback. Sedgwick’s city council has reduced the library’s budget by 20 percent for 2018.

The library board has taken the notice in stride and has moved to cut the hours that the library will be open.

The library will be closed on Mondays, with new hours Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The new library hours went into effect Jan. 2.

Trouble began for the library almost two years ago, when a crack was discovered in the building that housed the library at 501 N. Main in February 2016. The crack was on the top floor of the north wall. Then City Administrator Jaci Reimer said the city had been watching a crack for some time. The library was closed immediately.

In March of 2016, Shaun Karlin with MKEC came and evaluated the situation. He recommended the building remain closed, citing major structural damage in portions of the north wall. Karlin added that moisture had gotten in to the building through the crack. Karlin gave city council three options: repair both the library building and the real estate office next door, repair the library building and demo real estate building, or demolish both buildings.

In April 2016, 90 people came to a town hall meeting and expressed their desire to keep a library in town. Jerry Alderson offered his building at 423 N. Commercial for lease to re-house the library. Alderson would make some small modifications inside and lease to the city for $500 per month, with an additional $500 tax credit per month.

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