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Neighbors asked to keep an eye on Fairdale Library

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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 building.

"We use the library all the time, we always have," says Mindy Stoess, Fairdale.

Stoess 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."

And 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.

Councilwoman 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 community."

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 group."

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 Welch.

"Instead of getting more books, or computers or software, we've got to pay to fix windows," says Stoess.

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 that."

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 574-LMPD.

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