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Broken pipe forces Merrill library to strip historic room, send voters to new polling placeSubmitted: 03/15/2019
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
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Broken pipe forces Merrill library to strip historic room, send voters to new polling place
MERRILL - The Community Room at the T.B. Scott Free Library in Merrill now features nothing more than a dirt floor.

A pipe break on a frigid day this winter spilled water and forced workers to strip out the floor.

The room will take months to repair, but in the meantime, will impact next month's elections.

The library is a city of Merrill polling place. Voters usually going there will instead vote at City Hall.

"We have two polling places here already, two districts, I should say. Adding two is a possibility. I think we can do it," said Merrill City Clerk Bill Heideman.


Heideman admits he wishes the city didn't have to make the change.

"I think voters are creatures of habit. They're used to going to one place," he said. "People are used to going where they have voted for a number of years now."

The library will have to handle repairs with care.

"This is part of the original 1911 Carnegie building, and this is our largest meeting room space that we have," said library director Stacy Stevens. "Anything that happens in this historic part of the building, because the 1911 building is on the National Historic Register, it requires that we go through the State Historical Society for any remodeling to make sure it's done correctly."

Stevens expects repairs to be complete by late summer or early fall.

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