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Officials investigate mysterious odor at Poland library



Published: Wed, November 21, 2012 @ 12:05 a.m.

poland library

By Ashley Luthern

aluthern@vindy.com

POLAND

The shelves at the Poland Library are stocked with tales of fictional detectives, but it’s questionable whether even those famed characters could solve the puzzle of the mysterious odor wafting in and around the library.

The Poland Library closed Friday and will remain closed through Monday while officials investigate the odor further.

The library is working with Columbus-based environmental consultants Lawhon & Associates Inc. to further evaluate the air- quality problem this week, said Janet Loew, library spokeswoman.

The partnership between the library and the environmental consultants was negotiated by the library’s law firm, and cost estimates were not available Tuesday afternoon.

“We believe the smell is not coming from the library, and at this point, we believe it’s from an outside source,” Loew said.

The library ordered groundwater tests and is awaiting results. The groundwater is not connected to water in the library, but it’s possible the facility’s sump pump could have pulled the smell into the building, Loew said.

“The sump pump and catch basin in the parking lot seem to be where the odor is the strongest,” she said.

Officials at the Western Reserve Joint Fire District said its equipment detected no gas.

Loew stressed this is a precautionary measure, and the library branch will reopen as soon as possible.

“We believe there’s no health risk, but we are trying to be proactive and precautionary because we realize we’re a public building with all demographics coming through the door,” she said.

All events scheduled at Poland Library are canceled during the time the library is closed.

The library is working with Kravitz Delicatessen and patrons who had booked the library’s meeting room to move those events to another location, Loew said.

The Friends of the Library Bookstore on the library’s lower level is also closed and has canceled its Black Friday book sale.


Comments

1bgreene(139 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

The previous library had a history of water problems whenever Yellow Creek overflowed.

Then this new library was built on the same site and experienced similar flooding problems on the ground floor. The designers failed to take into account that it was possible for a creek to overflow and their not
fathoming the principle of water's tendency to seek its lowest level.

Mother Nature had the audacity to ignore their brilliant architectural creation.

Now another issue, most likely connected to the movement (or non-movement) of water. Who would guess?

The moral of the story: Always build on high ground....and find a designer and builder who understands the fundamental law of gravity.

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2DwightK(1251 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

High Fiber Fridays strike again!

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3youngstown615(97 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

I have best friends that LIVED in Sea Side Hights NJ ( Beach front ) I have always asked them if that was smart building so closed to the ocean ? They told me "We have been coming here since we were kids back in the '50s & never had a problem " Well.....their house is not there anymore. I agree with bgreene. Poland......you wasted your money on that library, in that location. Mother Nature is our boss.

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4Diebold2000(38 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

The stench is from all the sour grapes coming from the Village because their boy Romney got beat and to top it all, the school levy passed all on the same day! HA HA HA.

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