Trustees Consider Partnership with Campbell Schools for Location of Library

Current Campbell Library Temporarily Closed Due to Problem with Roof

Trustees Consider Partnership with Campbell Schools for Location of Library

YOUNGSTOWN (June 19, 2017/For Immediate Release) – Trustees of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County met in special session at Main Library today and approved exploring cost options on a partnership with Campbell City Schools for a library space in their proposed Activity Recreation Cultural Center (ARC).

Campbell Schools Superintendent Matthew Bowen presented information on the project to the Library Board and answered questions from Trustees. Residents of Campbell attended the meeting to show their support of this project.

Architect Brett Hendricks of BSHM Architects Inc. of Youngstown, consultant for the library on the Brownlee Woods, Struthers, Campbell consolidation project, said he felt the shared space with Campbell Schools was an option worth considering.

Hendricks noted that the current Campbell Branch would need extensive repairs and that the roof is in need of replacement. The roof system has significant signs of failure, with roof blisters over most of the roof area. The consultants did a facilities study of all three branches.

Hendricks noted they are still considering options for the Brownlee Woods and Struthers libraries, after holding meetings with the public and reviewing site options. They are still considering options for a combined branch and do not have that report available yet.

Heidi Daniel, Library Executive Director, reported that due to the condition of the roof on the Campbell Library and the fact that water is beginning to enter the building, the Campbell Library will temporarily close effective immediately and until further notice. In the interim, the Library is considering an additional day at Struthers Library and providing pop-up library service in Campbell. Supt. Bowen said the schools would be willing to work with the library on a temporary Library Express site in Campbell.

In other action, Trustees approved a salary of $106,000 with no benefits for Susan Merriman, who the Trustees recently appointed to serve as Interim Library Director during the period that it takes to install a new director after the departure of Heidi M. Daniel, Library Executive Director. Ms. Daniel is leaving July 21. She has been at PLYMC since July of 2012.  Mrs. Merriman, currently retired, had served for 23 years as the Library’s fiscal officer. The Trustee Search Committee had approved hiring the firm of Bradbury Miller Associates for the search.

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