Three hurricane-proof windows have been “accidentally” broken at the George Town Public Library’s new addition on separate occasions, officials said, costing the government $12,500 to replace.
Tasha Ebanks Garcia, deputy chief officer in the Ministry of Education, Employment and Gender Affairs, said “As far as we know, the acts whereby the windows were broken was an accident.”
She said decorative rocks and any other object that might cause damage to the windows have been removed from the surrounding areas.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and make every effort to engage in proactive measures in order to avoid any further damage,” she said.
According to Ms. Ebanks Garcia, police were not notified about the broken windows because officials “have no reason to believe that the act of breaking the windows was deliberate and … no definitive knowledge as to when the various acts occurred.” The library was closed Friday so new glass could be installed, said Library Director Ramona Melody.
According to the library’s facilities manager, Thomas Ebanks, the 15-pound, green-tinted, hurricane impact glass in these kinds of windows is not easily broken. The glass, which is not available on island, has to be ordered from overseas and it can take up to six weeks to arrive and four hours to install.
Mr. Ebanks said the windows can break but remain intact and do not shatter.
According to Ms. Ebanks Garcia, each window would cost between $3,000 and $4,000 to replace.
“Two of the broken windows were replaced on Friday and we are waiting for the other piece to arrive on island to be installed,” said Mr. Ebanks.
He said two of the broken windows are by the elevator shaft between the new and old library. The other is on the right side of the elevator, facing the Clarence Flowers Courtyard.