Boilers Installed at Library

The old boilers have been taken out and a new boiler system installed at the Sheridan Fulmer Public Library.

Cameron Duff, who's director of the Sheridan County Library System, said the new boilers, which include a primary boiler and two others which the primary boiler directs, were installed earlier this month, and the completion work, including plumbing and electrical, was done earlier this week.

Duff reported the work to the library's board of trustees at the board meeting this week at the Tongue River Branch in Ranchester.

Also at the board meeting, trustees agreed to provide a space for a diorama done by Tom Warnke depicting the Fetterman Fight. Duff said no date has been scheduled for the installation, but a space is being prepared. Duff said the library will be home to the diorama for the short term, less than two years.

Turning again to the new boilers, Duff said they were fired up Friday and are functional.

The boilers heat about half of the library, including the children's area. Duff said earlier that the boilers could no longer be repaired, because the company that supplied them in 1985 is no longer in business, and parts are no longer available.

Trustees awarded the bid for the project earlier this year to Powder River Heating and Air for a bid of just under $97,500. Duff said about $66,000 of that is in hand, leaving about $31,000 to be raised. But, he said, while the library will continue to accept donations, the remaining funds have been guaranteed by the library foundation.

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