Change to library project approved

A small change to the renovation of the Vermillion Public Library was approved by the Vermillion City Council during its June 4 meeting.

Due to an error in the project's planning stages, doors of the incorrect size were ordered for the library's south entrance.

While the plans for the building identified the need for two eight-foot sliding doors, the architect named two seven-foot, four-inch sliding doors in the bid spec.

"(The mistake) happened in the documents that we prepared between the floor plan and the actual door schedule," said Mark Aspaas of Architecture Incorporated. "We even have meeting minutes that show that the building committee wanted an eight-foot-wide opening.

"We're not trying to say anything different, it's just it was a mistake," he said.

Aspaas said the error was caught before the doors were ordered.

"So it's not like there's something that has to be reordered," he said. "It's a difference of cost, basically, between two pairs of sliding doors."

The cost is $507, which was approved unanimously by the council.

Architecture Incorporated has agreed not to charge its eight-percent fee on the increase in the project.

City Manager John Prescott said work on the project is "moving along well."

"They're slightly ahead of schedule in terms of where they would like to be at this point in time," he said.

The council also approved several measures relating to Thursdays on the Platz, which will take place July 12, July 16, Aug. 9 and Aug. 23.

One of the approved items is the closure of Market Street from W. Main Street to the east/west alley between W. Main and Kidder streets from 5-9 p.m. on each of the four dates.

They also approved a permit for the event to exceed permissible sound levels by no more than 50 percent from 6 to 8 p.m.

The council also approved a request for $500 from the city's Bed, Board and Booze fund, which Prescott said will go toward "some of the promotional items" of the event.

Council members further approved a special daily malt beverage and wine license for the Vermillion Chamber of Commerce and Development Company for beverage sales during the event.

"Typically we do malt beverage sales from six to eight," said Michelle Maloney, Thursdays on the Platz Committee member.

Maloney added that event sponsors are asked to provide volunteers to help with the event entrance gates "to make sure that nobody's walking around with alcohol."

Additionally, everyone who serves alcohol is certified by the Techniques of Alcohol Management program, she said.

City Finance Officer Mike Carlson vouched for the regulation of this aspect of the event.

"The police did a review and reported back that the records check revealed that there has been no issues (that) occurred in the last years," he said.

Thursdays on the Platz has been held for the past three years.

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