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Library air system being examined

November 16, 2005|by DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ

The Town of Hancock is investigating whether it will need to replace the ventilation system at the War Memorial Library in response to air-quality concerns discovered there this summer, officials said.

Washington County Free Library Director Mary Baykan said staff at the library smelled a musty odor this summer, possibly due to frequent flooding before the structure was moved to higher ground at Widmeyer Park in the late 1990s.

While the source of the musty smell was an air duct that needed to be replaced, Baykan said crews examining the ducts determined the building's ventilation system, possibly installed when the building was constructed in the 1960s, is nearing the end of its projected lifespan and might need to be replaced.

The library operates from the building but the town owns the structure and is responsible for its repairs. Town Manager David Smith said he was not aware crews working for the library determined the system might need to be replaced. He said he has made arrangements with two heating, ventilation and air conditioning workers to examine the system and determine what work needs to be done.

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