City of Clinton Approves Library Lease

On July 26, 2018, Mayor Phil Fisher and the Board of Aldermen met in special called public meeting to consider for approval: An Agreement between the City of Clinton, Mississippi and the Jackson/Hinds Library System for Library Services and the Lease and use of a Building and Related Facilities (the Quisenberry Library).

Following several minutes of discussion on the lease and an update on sewer and drainage line repairs that led to the buildings temporary closure, the Board of Aldermen voted 6-0 to approve the lease agreement with the Jackson Hinds Library System.

Mayor Fisher stated that he is “pleased to have a lease agreement in place that protects both the City of Clinton and Jackson Hinds Library System and their assets, while also providing new opportunities for the library to be enjoyed by the public.”

Mayor Fisher noted that the executed Lease Agreement settles several matters including:

• Settling the issue regarding naming rights of the facility inside and outside

• Delegates ownership of all furniture, fixtures, equipment and artwork purchased by the City of Clinton as property of the City.

• Provides for an upgraded security system.

• Provides for yearly fire suppression system tests by the JHLS in compliance with City of Clinton Ordinance.

• Provides for the operation of a coffee/juice bar in the facility.

Due to allocation of personnel from the Quisenberry Library to other libraries in the JHLS system, the administration of JHLS has informed the city that the Quisenberry Library will return to regular operating hours on Monday, July 30 at 9 A.M.

Beginning, July 13, 2018 City personnel began working with structural engineers and plumbing professionals to identify the sources of the chronic sewer problems impacting the operation of the main restrooms.

Once issues were identified, Buford Plumbing began repairing multiple line breaks in both the sewer and storm drain lines beneath the building. In addition to broken lines in the bathroom walls and beneath the building, the sewer line had created a “belly” that was preventing the gravity sewer from exiting the building.

Plumbers have been working quickly to repair the broken lines in preparation for reopening. As repairs to lines were made, additional cracks and breaks became apparent which slowed the project’s completion.

On the afternoon of July 26, crews had repaired all known breaks in the plumbing and had begun repairs to the portion of the line that had created a “belly”. This line will be repaired in a manner to allow for appropriate flow and discharge of sewage from the building. Repairs to the plumbing are anticipated to be completed by Friday evening.

Again, due to allocation of personnel from the Quisenberry Library to other libraries in the JHLS system, the administration of JHLS has informed the city that the Quisenberry Library will return to regular operating hours on Monday, July 30 at 9 A.M.

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