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November 13, 2013

New doors to increase energy efficiency and safety at library

DUNCAN — Duncan Public Library will be getting some new doors. It’s about safety first and making the 30-year-old building more energy efficient.

Library director Jan Cole explained that the back door to the library does not have a panic safety bar and that employees lock it for the evening hours. She also said there is not a handicap door opener. The back portion of the library is where the children’s section is located, and Cole said they are concerned for the safety of the children.

Jamie Latimer Construction is handling the project which is estimated to cost $36,126.

It will include replacing the existing glass entry doors with insulated glass entry doors to create an airlock entry in the rear entrance of the library. That will have a handicap door opener and panic safety bars.

Those aren’t the only doors being replaced. New solid core maple or birch doors will replace the board room doors and a mechanical room door which are hollow core steel doors.

City manager Jim Frieda said that Duncan is unique in its size to have such a nice facility as the library and that it is in the community’s best interest that the city maintain it on an annual basis.

“This is a budgeted item and we’ve been in discussion for some time. We think this is a good price,” he said.

Cole said that in the cold weather, the children’s area gets cold and in the warm weather, it gets very hot. The new doors will help with the energy efficiency of the overall building. She also said the airlock on the doors makes it safer for children. As it is, there is no emergency exit to the back after the current doors are locked.

In other city council business, members approved several items for the new Criminal Justice Complex (the old National Guard Armory). They heard from Duncan Police Capt. Jay Evans on why the purchase of fiber optic connectors is needed for the facility, which is to help secure and tie in the computer system to the city. The closest other city facility is the Public Works building, a mile from the complex. The fiber optics will have to be run from that building to the complex, to secure the connections. It will cost $6,949.66. Additionally, purchase of equipment for a network infrastructure upgrade through Insight Direct USA was approved in the amount of $46,848.15.

Council approved a new chain link fence from D&K Fencing for $19,410, for the complex grounds.

Also approved Tuesday, was the payment of $16,422.81, to Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, for 33 percent of the Oklahoma Municipal Retirement Fund (OMRF). That payment comes from the now dissolved Stephens County Public Safety Communications Authority. The reason for the delay is that all bills had to be paid before the funds could be divided.

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