Asbestos abatement work has begun at the Stone Mountain-Sue Kellogg Library, more than six months after the downtown Stone Mountain library was closed for a $1.5 million renovation.
Mike Cooper, president of the Friends of the Stone Mountain-Sue Kellogg Library, has sent a letter to members of the Friends group explaining why the work has been delayed.
"After the contractor began initial work last year, workers found more asbestos than originally anticipated. Sanitary sewer lines running to the building were found to be in worse condition than had been thought. In addition, the full extent of mold and mildew issues in the building became apparent," Cooper said.
He explained that county library officials needed to seek a change order for the library renovation contract from DeKalb County's Purchasing and Contracting Department, causing a delay.
"Now that work has begun, it should proceed relatively quickly. County library officials are optimistic that the branch will be open again by the end of the summer," Cooper said in the letter obtained by PRISM DeKalb.
At the request of Commissioner Steve Bradshaw, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners voted in 2017 to re-direct the $4 million allocated for the ill-fated proposal and use it to improve the aging Stone Mountain-Sue Kellogg, Covington and Clarkston libraries.
"This allocation of resources is a sensible use of taxpayer dollars. These enhancements to DeKalb County Libraries will greatly improve the experience of library patrons across the district," Bradshaw said at the time.