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Leaky Moffat County library roof to be replaced in August

The ceiling of the library in Craig is stained from a leaky roof that will be repaired in August.

Books and staff at the library in Craig soon will receive a new cover when the county replaces the 40-year-old roof in August.

"The original roof of the building was built in 1981 and completed in 1982. We've had leaks throughout the years," said Library Director Sherry Sampson.

The county had budgeted $170,000 for the roof and recently awarded the project to Contract West Roofing of Salt Lake City for a fixed price of $166,700. They will remove and replace the roof with new waterproofing, steel and concealed fasteners that will allow for expansion without the screws loosening.

"The screws holding the roof down are not holding the panels any more and that is an issue because if you get a big wind you could start loosing panels," said Moffat County Director of Development Services Roy Tipton.

For the past 15 to 17 years, maintenance staff have had to tighten the screws each summer and patch and repair the old roof to reduce damage to books

"It has leaked at times in the boardroom, making it temporarily unusable. It leaked above the kitchen cabinets, destroying them, and we've had to set buckets and tarp-off in the main library to catch leaks right above the books," Sampson said.

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She believes this is the first major capitol expenditure on the Craig branch of the library since the retaining wall garden was removed about eight years ago.

"We appreciate that the county is maintaining the county-owned building, allowing us to sustain our facility and services," Sampson said. "It's nice to know that the roof is going to be replaced."

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