With inside temperature in the Holyoke City Hall Auditorium hovering in the low to mid 50s, and efforts to remedy the situation still in process, a decision was made Monday afternoon (January 9) to delay the library’s reopening until Monday, January 23rd.
During a mid-afternoon meeting in the Mayor’s office, attended by Mayor Alex Morse, key City Hall staff members, and Library representatives, the various issues concerning heating problems were reviewed. Alternative proposals were discussed and decisions made to provide a temporary portable heating system to meet immediate needs. Preliminary estimates indicate that this equipment can be installed during the next two weeks to enable the library to officially reopen with most regular library services operational.
“We appreciated the Mayor’s participation as well as his concerns for both working conditions (due to low temperatures), under which the library staff has been working , as well as his desire to have the library up and running, providing regular service to Holyoke patrons”, said Maria G. Pagan, Library Director.
“We are all on the same page regarding our objectives of restoring service as quickly as possible. The staff has been doing an exceptional job under very difficult conditions and other circumstances. With the aid and cooperation of Mayor Morse and other City Officials we are now well on our way to a workable solution to these difficulties and look forward to welcoming patrons to our temporary library”, she added.