George W. Armstrong Library closed, air conditioning broken

Published 12:15am Tuesday, June 18, 2013

NATCHEZ — With no working air conditioning, the George W. Armstrong Library is closed until further notice.

Director Susan Cassagne said the refurbished compressors that recently replaced old compressors have stopped working.

“At 8:30 (Monday) morning with the back door open … it was 87 degrees (in the library),” Cassagne said. “I didn’t even go upstairs.”

The compressors were part of a recent overhaul to the library’s heating and cooling system that totaled approximately $206,600.

“People think we got a whole new air conditioning system, but we didn’t because there wasn’t enough money,” Cassagne said. “We did the best we could with the money we had.”

The repairs were paid for by a $162,700 grant from the Mississippi Development Authority’s Community Block Development Grant Program, the Natchez Board of Aldermen, Adams County Board of Supervisors and the library.

Cassagne said she is working to get price quotes for the air conditioner’s repair.

“At this point, I don’t know anything about cost or a timeframe,” she said.

In the meantime, the children’s programs on Wednesdays and Thursdays will be moved to the Natchez City Council Chambers on Pearl Street.

Cassagne said she and her staff are working to get the library back open as soon as possible.

“We’re doing the best we can,” she said.