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Norwood Public Library

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As I am sure you are aware, overnight on July 20th a pipe burst in the upstairs bathroom of the Norwood Public Library. The pipe continued to leak until early Saturday morning when a fire alarm was triggered by the water. At this time Rob Tracy of the DPW, Borough Construction Code Official Gino Tessaro and DPW Council Liaison Anthony Foschino were called and responded to the scene. I arrived in the early afternoon to find that the active leak had been stopped, SERVPRO had already been called to immediately begin the cleanup, and the Borough’s Insurance Company had been notified of the incident in order to begin the claim process.

There was extensive damage to both the lower level of the library as well as the main floor. As of now, the cleanup is complete, all damaged items have been removed, and all steps have been taken to ensure no mold will grow. Gino Tessaro has been working with the insurance adjuster and has begun the process of getting quotes for the work required to repair the damage. As many of you know, working with an insurance company on a claim is a time consuming and involved process. We are moving as quickly as possible to get the library not only back to what it was, but better.

I have contacted the Borough Architect who will be preparing plans to update our bathrooms to be ADA compliant and add additional outlets to give library patrons more places to charge their devices. It is my hope that we can turn this unfortunate incident at the library into one that benefits the residents of Norwood.

A few months back the Council had discussed replacing the library roof; this bid was awarded at the August 21st meeting. This project will still proceed as scheduled and in conjunction with the interior repairs in an effort to minimize the time our library is closed.

The library parking lot will remain open through this process. At some point, there will most likely need to be a dumpster in front of the building, which will not interfere with the parking spaces.

Residents with a library card can visit any of the over 70 Libraries in the Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BCCLS), including but not limited to Northvale, Harrington Park, and Closter. I have offered my private office to the Library staff and board to use as their temporary office while the repairs and renovations are being done. I know many children congregate at the library after school. Norwood Public School offers a before and aftercare program, those interested should contact the school for more information.

I am confident the library will be up and running again as quickly as possible. I will continue to provide updates on the progress of the project, and as always if anyone has any questions concerns or comments, please reach out to me.


Mayor James Barsa