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According to Senator Peter Oberacker, three libraries in the district of Otsego are among the recipients of around 300,000 US dollars in grants for the construction of public libraries from funds from the State Senate.
Oberacker, R-Schenevus, announced the awards on Friday, September 10th.
“Our libraries are important educational resources and also serve as meeting points for the community,” said Oberacker. âIn many of the towns and villages I represent, the local library holds public meetings, provides vital services to residents young and old, and is the most iconic building in the community. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our local library administrators and volunteers faced new challenges and came up with creative solutions to continue serving the public safely. “
In Otsego, the money goes to the Edmeston Free Library, the Kinney Memorial Library in Hartwick, and the Richfield Springs Public Library.
The grant comes from $ 14 million in capital to build public libraries and broadband infrastructure projects in the 2020-21 state budget. In the 2021-2022 state budget, lawmakers have allocated US $ 34 million for projects that will be announced in the summer of 2022.
âLibraries are historical landmarks in many cases, and upgrades in technology and accessibility can be costly. The state construction aid will help communities make necessary improvements to meet new and evolving needs, âsaid Oberacker.
Public library construction grants help local libraries and library systems build new library buildings, create additions to existing structures, update electrical wiring to accommodate computer technology, meet energy efficiency standards, renovate facilities to accommodate library users with disabilities Allow full access, and meeting rooms to meet community needs. Broadband infrastructure projects are also eligible.
In Edmeston, approximately $ 92,500 is being used on an ADA compliance project that includes “compliant bathroom installation, bathroom renovation on the second floor, and the installation of a wheelchair lift for two floors.”
In Hartwick, about $ 9,000 will be used to replace part of the asphalt shingle roof.
At Richfield, about $ 29,000 is being used to replace windows, which will allow the library to save on heating bills and also help preserve the collection.
Other libraries that receive money in the 51st Ward are in Sidney, Jordanville, and Herkimer.