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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB)--After spending more than $2 million on a new
library in Fairdale, taxpayers will have to spend thousands more on the
"We use the library all the time, we always have," says Mindy Stoess, Fairdale.
is a lifelong Fairdale resident. She says opening the doors to the new
library last March was a big deal. "It was big; it's probably the
biggest thing that has happened around here in a long long time."
that's why people are so upset that someone keeps vandalizing the
building. Stoess says, "We have this very nice building for the
community...for everyone and then somebody has got to come along and
tear it up."
This is the third time vandals have broken a large
window at the library. Each time they leave behind shattered glass,
caution tape and thousands of dollars in damage.
"It's certainly a slap in the face, and it's a huge cost to the taxpayers," says Vicki Aubrey Welch, with Metro Council.
Welch represents the Fairdale area on Metro Council and worked for
years to build the new library. She says, "It's a hub, really, for the
Welch also says it has been much more than just a
traditional library. "It has a teen area, it has meeting rooms, there
are a lot of the ministries and the friends of the Fairdale Library
Metro Police are now looking for whoever did the damage
and Welch is asking the neighbors to do the same. "We need people to go
in there, if they happen to live in the area, we'd like them to go in
and ride around the parking lot just to see what's happening," says
"Instead of getting more books, or computers or software, we've got to pay to fix windows," says Stoess.
doesn't like paying for someone else's misdeeds. That's why she's more
than happy to keep an eye on the library. She says, "I can come
through this way and take a shortcut to my house...so it's easy to do
And neighbors are being asked to continue to do those
drive-by checks until an arrest has been made. Anyone with information
about the vandalism should call the anonymous police tip line at