Detroit Library Rehab Included Costly Trash Cans

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- Documents show a $2.3 million overhaul of part of the Detroit Public Library's main branch included eight stainless-steel trash cans that cost a total of about $8,900.
The Detroit News reports Thursday the spending is detailed in documents it obtained. The renovation of the South Wing has come under criticism as the library considers closing neighborhood branches and cutting jobs to deal with budget problems.
Michael Wells, president of UAW Local 2200 representing 120 library staffers, says the cost for trash cans is "exorbitant."
The newspaper earlier reported that spending on the project included 20 lounge chairs that cost more than $1,000 each.
Library officials say they've become more mindful of spending since the project was planned years ago. And they're investigating.
The South Wing opened to the public Tuesday.


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