McHENRY – The installation of solar panels and wind turbines at McHenry Public Library might have to wait.
The library’s executive director, James Scholtz, had hoped to start the first phase, installing solar panels, next summer, but a repeatedly clogging sewer pipe needs to be replaced, he said.
The pipe travels north 360 feet, crossing two public roads and two private properties before hooking up to the library, 809 N. Front St.
Neither the library nor the city thought it owned the pipe, and they are in discussions about which entity is doing what and whether the cost will be split, Scholtz said.
The sewer line needs to be replaced before winter.
Scholtz still would like to see the renewable energy projects move ahead next summer, but that depends on the price and timing of the sewer project, which could cost as much as $300,000.
The library also plans to replace the roof, but it can’t do all three projects at once, Scholtz said.
The renewable energy projects – along with water reclamation and retention – have been on Scholtz’s wish list since he started with the library district in 2007. The board had considered combining the projects with the library’s renovation, but because they weren’t high on the priority list, they ended up getting cut.
At the library’s Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday evening, the board voted to give Scholtz a 3 percent raise and five extra days of vacation for one year.
Library staff received a 2 percent cost-of-living increase this year, and managerial staff members are eligible for merit raises of up to 4 percent. Scholtz is in the process of evaluating them.
To get involved
The McHenry Public Library District’s Board of Trustees is looking for two new trustees to fill vacancies. Information about the positions is available by calling the library at 815-385-0036.