DELPHOS — A late summer storm on Sept. 10 proved to be the death knell for two of the Delphos Public Library’s four boilers.

According to Director Kelly Rist, during the storm, the two sump pumps in the basement of the library failed to keep up with the influx of water and 18 inches gathered in the lower level. One pump was brought back online and an additional pump was brought in but not before all four of the boilers sustained damage.

“Two can be repaired and those are seven years old,” Rist said. “The two older ones, which we can only guess how old they are right now, will need replaced. It is isn’t cost-effective to repair them at the age they are.”

The library is currently without heat.

“We’ve been OK because the weather has cooperated with us but we need to address this as colder weather is coming,” Rist added.

Estimates were gathered from three local plumbing and heating establishments with the board of trustees approving the one submitted by Reliable Plumbing and Heating at $315 for repairs on two boilers and $13,640 for two new 94-percent efficient gas boilers.

Fischer Plumbing and Heating submitted a bid of $395 for repairs on two boilers and $15,750 for new boilers; and Grothouse Plumbing and Heating’s bid was $4,161 to repair all four boilers and/or $14,793 for two news boilers.

Rist will contact Reliable as soon as possible to get the work under way.

Other building improvements have been completed, including power washing the exterior, paint scraping and caulking. Rist said painting is the only upcoming project left to be completed.

“In the process of working on the outside of the building, we noticed we have some trees that will need trimmed and a few that need to be removed; they are touching the building,” Rist added.

More information continues to be gathered for a new message board the trustees hope to install on the library grounds. Golden Rule Company, that just finished a comparable sign for BUNGE North America has been added to the list. Board President Leila Osting brought the company into mix and Rist received an estimate of $15,827 this week.

“BUNGE did a lot research before they settled Golden Rule,” Osting said. “They wanted someone who used parts made in the United States and they found that in this company.”

Rist said she will fill out a grant request from the Arnold C. Dienstberger Foundation for a message board.

Eleven applications were received for the two open page positions. Rist said she has interviewed three of those interested and has more to set.

“We got a really good response,” Rist said. “These are young people in grades 10-12.”

The First Edition Building will soon include WiFi. Rist said she is working with a company to run fiber optics to the building and install wireless routers.

On Nov. 7, the library will observe its first “Pay it Forward” Friday. On the first Friday of each month, patrons returning late materials will have their fine waived if they donate non-perishable items that will be distributed to the local food pantries.

“I think this is a wonderful idea and it will help keep our food pantries stocked,” Rist said. “We will still have our fine forgiveness between Thanksgiving and the end of December and during National Library Week.”

Rist opened her report by telling the board how “extremely proud” she was of the teens involved in the teem room and other activities at the library, noting they are a very inclusive group.