The entrance to the Chemainus library. (Photo by Don Bodger)

The entrance to the Chemainus library. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Library closure due to air quality issue

Mayor Siebring provided an explanation about a mix-up in materials during contractor remedial work

North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring has cleared the air on the situation pertaining to the closure of the Chemainus library last week.

Even though he emphasized North Cowichan does not operate the library and actually has nothing to do with it, Siebring did some checking when prompted by the public and provided details in a Facebook post.

“There were a few things on a ‘deficiency list’ from the construction project that had to be finished,” he indicated. “The contractor was back on site last week to deal with those, but there was some kind of mix-up with the material they were using to do some of the remedial work.

“That led to concerns about air quality in the building. Out of an abundance of caution, they kept the building closed pending another check of the air quality issues on Monday. If they get the all clear as expected, the building will be re-opened (this) week.”

The rumour mill was swirling, but “VIRL (Vancouver Island Regional Library) tells me this was unequivocally not an issue related to COVID,” Siebring concluded.

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Extra work was done to install a canopy in the front of the Chemainus library. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Extra work was done to install a canopy in the front of the Chemainus library. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Work to install a canopy on the Chemainus library was intended to be completed months ago, but was delayed due to COVID. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Work to install a canopy on the Chemainus library was intended to be completed months ago, but was delayed due to COVID. (Photo by Don Bodger)