Sewer backup closes Oak Bluffs Library

A sewage backup in the Oak Bluffs Library staff room forced town officials to close the building last Wednesday afternoon and Thursday, and they expect it will remain closed on Friday.

“Sewer content was overflowing in one of the bathrooms into the rug,” library director Danguole Budris said. “They finally found the problem, but it hasn’t been properly cleaned up.”

Ms. Budris said she hopes the building can reopen on Saturday.

Ms. Budris said she placed signs on the doors and notified a local radio station. There is no notice on the library or town web sites about the closure.

Anna Marie D’Addarie, a library staffer, said this is the third such sewer backup inside the building in the past several months. She and another library staffer left the library shortly after noon Wednesday, out of concern for their health. Ms. D’Addarie has notified town officials that exposure to the sewage has made her sick and told them she will not return to work until she is assured the working environment is safe.

The library building has been beset by problems with its heating, ventilation, and cooling systems since it opened in 2005. The town has spent approximately $73,000 in repairs to the systems, and has hired a consultant to assess whether more comprehensive repairs or replacement is needed.