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Library opening delayed as water soaks the LloydMall

The Library has not suffered any significant loss following the water damage that affected the Lloyd Mall on Monday.

That’s the word from Mayor Gerald Aalbers as City and Library staff are making an assessment in the wake of water having flowed through parts of the Mall due to a ruptured water line.

“Nothing was lost at the Library which is good, but at the same token, when we open the library we want to make sure that everything is good and as best as it could be. So just stay tuned for more information from the City on that.”

Aalbers says that the assessment is still ongoing, but noted that the situation at the Mall will not speed up the move to reopen the Library which is relocating to the shopping facility at this time.

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Meantime a release from the City, indicates while the new Library location suffered water damage to the flooring and walls, the book collection was not impacted.

The City assessment concludes that the reopening of the Lloydminster Public Library will be delayed following the water main break at the Mall.

Aalbers’ comments came as Council was updated at Monday’s GPC meeting on the MOU involving the Library and the City. He said the Administration and the Library Board have cleared up a great deal of items regarding responsibilities and funding.

“The Memorandum of Understanding now gives both parties a very clear, defined description of dollars, whose responsible and a mechanism to review as we need to.”

The MOU update was accepted as information and will come forward to Council for a future decision.

Update: This story has been updated with more information about the Library’s opening date, following a release from City officials.

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