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Library Overcrowding Concerns

CARROLL, Iowa (AP) -- Officials in Carroll are more closely enforcing maximum occupancy limits in the city's public library after a former City Council member threatened to report overcrowding to the state fire marshal.

The Carroll Daily Times Herald reported Monday that former council member R.W. Collison sent the letter last week to Fire Chief Greg Schreck.

Collison noted that hundreds of children attend summer reading programs at the library and would be in danger if the building had to be vacated quickly because of a fire or other emergency.

Officials were measuring the building and planned to post maximum occupancy signs of about 100 people.

Some library programs may need to be moved to other sites.

Collison has supported redevelopment of the library. He's opposed proposals to build a new library.

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