City Council to approve contractor for PLPL renovations

Amanda Corbin
News Reporter

The Poteau City Council will hold a special meeting at 5:15 p.m. today in City Hall regarding repairs at the Patrick Lynch Public Library.

At the June 13 City Council meeting to approve the city's $8.37 million budget, Mayor Jeff Shockley said the library remodeling will cost about $298,000. A sewer backup shut down the library. Shockley said insurance only covered $25,000 of cost because it was not a natural flood which damaged the building. They have applied for FEMA reimbursement. Shockley said the city cannot apply for flood insurance because the library is not in a flood plain.

At today's meeting the City Council members will consider approving T&J Specialty Contractors to do the repairs.

A temporary library has been set up in the neighboring Donald W. Reynolds Community Center. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and has children, young adult and adult books, as well as DVDs and audio books. There are not public computers or WiFi, but the library said they are capable of faxes, copying and requesting books from sister libraries.

City Hall is located at 111 Peters St., Poteau, across from the Poteau Police Department.