The 2020 budget was approved during the Warsaw Community Public Library Board meeting Monday.

The total budget is $3,665,000. The general fund is $3,465,000 and the rainy day fund is $200,000.

The library board also decided to wait to do work on its dry fire protection system until next year. The board had sought to work on it due to leaks.

Facilities Manager Bruce Hively said he had three contractors inspect the system, which was put in place in 1996, and come in and give quotes on repairs to see what the library’s options were. All three companies recommended a nitrogen system to help alleviate the corrosion down the road, Hively said.

Shambaugh & Son, Fort Wayne, came back with a proposal to replace the whole system for $149,994. Hively said the company wouldn’t touch the system unless the library was willing to replace the whole system as that was the only way the company could ensure the library wouldn’t have issues down the line.

After talking with Shaumbaugh & Son, Hively went to the other two contractors to see what their prices would be.

Koorsen Fire Protection came back with $122,800 to replace the system, Hively said. This does not include the nitrogen system.

VFP came back with a couple of proposals ranging from $181,283 to $195,221 plus the nitrogen system, he said.

Two of the companies said it would help if the contractors were able to do the work while the library was closed. Two of the contractors said the libraries being closed during work would affect the price, but the savings wouldn’t be that much, Hively said.

“I don’t think flushing is something we want to investigate,” he said.

Flushing a system involves waterflow only through the system's crossmains and a few selected branch lines.

Flushing was one of the options the library was looking at. However, in August’s meeting, Hively said flushing would create more leaks because the sediment that is in the pipes will be moved and will expose corrosions and leaks.

Hively said the quotes are just to replace the sprinkler system, and don’t include any additional work due to water damage or the like.

“If you wait two months, we can go for a long-term solution. If there’s any leaks along the way, we’ll have to get them fixed,” said Library Director Ann Zydek. “I would like to do a more long-term solution.”

Library Board President Christopher Merrill said replacing the entire system sounded like the best option because with flushing, the library didn’t know if there would be more leaks afterward.

In order to pay for the replacement of the system, the board would put off other work in order to make sure they can pay for the work, which included masonry work on the crack between the original building and the addition and a bigger upgrade of the parking lot.

“We’re just pushing some things back until we get an influx of funds,” said Zydek.

Zydek also said the remainder of the rainy day fund for this year can be moved over so the board can use that.

When the board is ready to do the work, Hively said the contractors will not have reinspect the system but will have look at how much parts and labor are at that point.