NEW BERLIN – The New Berlin's Library recently faced water damage from a leaking radiator and officials say it'll cost around $11,000 to repair the damage and ensure it doesn't happen again.
New Berlin Library Treasurer Donna Wells spoke on the radiator leak at the Village of New Berlin Board Meeting on Tuesday, April 9, where Library Director Michele Priola is a trustee.
"We came in one morning and noticed that one radiator in the circulation room had sprung a small leak," said Wells. "We called a repair company, and they came in and capped it.
"The next morning we came back to a flood."
She said the radiator after the one that had been capped blew, causing damage to irreplaceable books.
"If that happened again in the museum––those items are priceless," said Wells.
She added that with the village's permission, they would like to replace the 10 other radiators in the library that are showing signs of physical stress.
"When the engineer from the insurance company came he pointed out that other radiators throughout the library showed obvious signs of stress," said Wells. "Our fund balance is healthy enough where we can afford to do this, and we will have insurance coverage for both the village and the library."