CLEARWATER — The Main Library on Osceola Avenue will be closed for about a month after a sprinkler system leak that began on Wednesday afternoon caused water to flow from the third floor to the first, according to spokesperson Joelle Castelli.
Because Clearwater City Council chambers are housed on the first floor, a budget meeting scheduled for Wednesday at 6 p.m. has been canceled. Castelli said the council meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday will be held at the Capitol Theater at 405 Cleveland St.
The sprinkler system leaked for about 30 minutes, and books on the library’s third floor had been damaged but Castelli did not immediately have details on the extent of the flooding.
Wednesday’s canceled budget meeting was the first of two votes the council must hold to approve the $724 million proposed budget for the 2024 fiscal year that begins in October. Castelli said the meeting will be rescheduled for Sept. 21.