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image Vandals shot a window at the Grantsville Library over the weekend leaving the window with a bullet hole that led to large cracks in the window pane. The library now needs to replace the broken window.

February 4, 2014
Grantsville looking for vandal who damaged library

Grantsville City officials are looking for a person who damaged a panel of glass on the city’s new library.

Mayor Brent Marshall said on Thursday afternoon, library staff noticed that a pane on the north end of the west wall had been cracked, and appeared to have been shot by a beebee or pellet gun.

“It didn’t break both windows. It just broke the outside window,” he said. “It splintered the window.”

Marshall said the damage likely occurred between when the library closed Wednesday to when it was discovered Thursday. Because the glass has a special coating on it to mitigate damage to the books from the sun, it costs more to replace than ordinary glass, he said.

The mayor said he hopes to have an estimate of the total damage by Wednesday, when the council can decide what avenue to take in repairing the damage.

Whatever they decide, it will be expensive, said Marshall.

“The replacement of the window, certainly we could do something better with that money since it was perfectly good,” he said. “It doesn’t matter whether it be a library or a park, vandalism’s expensive and I’m sure there are other things cities would rather do with their money to create things in their communities instead of replace things that have been vandalized.”

As part of an effort to find who is responsible for the incident, Marshall said the city is offering a cash reward for information about the incident. For more information about the reward, call Grantsville City Hall at 435-884-3411.

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