Thursday, December 05, 2013
Covering Dallas, Monmouth, Independence, Falls City and surrounding areas since 1868
August 20, 2013
DALLAS -- The culprit who shattered the window in the children's area of the Dallas Public Library on July 28 left behind a small blood trail -- and a big bill for the city.
The cost to clean the carpet in the area and replace the window -- already more than $2,000 and it hasn't been installed yet -- will be less than the library's insurance deductible, but more than its contingency fund.
Dallas Librarian Rosalyn McGarva said the library's deductible is set high to make premiums more affordable. But that also means that damages falling under that threshold will have to be paid entirely out of the library's budget.
Worried the cost will outpace emergency resources, the library has resorted to putting out a collection box for people to provide donations. Even children who use that part of the library have been collecting cans to help offset the cost.
"We need to get a little help," McGarva said. "We have money set aside for things, but not this much."
The city is still looking for clues that may lead to identifying who smashed the window. Anyone with information is asked to call 503-623-2338.