Local libraries to receive construction grants from state funds

Several local libraries are set to receive construction grants thanks to state funding, state Sen. Joseph Griffo announced Tuesday.

Posted: Aug 21, 2018 5:23 PM

Several local libraries are set to receive construction grants thanks to state funding, state Sen. Joseph Griffo announced Tuesday.

The more than $300,000 in grants comes from $24 million in capital funds that was approved for public library construction projects in last year’s New York State Budget, according to Griffo.

The construction grants help libraries and library systems to make renovations and upgrades, such as upgrading wiring to accommodate computer technology and renovating facilities to make them fully accessible for people with disabilities.

The following grants were awarded in Oneida County:

- Clayville Library Association: $9,463 to replace entryways to create handicap accessibility.

- Dunham Public Library: $99,321 to construct a new entrance with security system and replace a HVAC system.

- Erwin Library and Institute: $91,626 to rehabilitate a deteriorating slate roof.

- Mid-York Library System: $112,288 for roof replacement, foundation restoration and other exterior improvements.

- Sherrill-Kenwood Free Library: $5,706 to replace an air conditioning unit for the building.

- Waterville Public Library: $8,894 to retrofit the building with energy-saving LED lights.

“Our public libraries have evolved over the years into community spaces offering a variety of important services and resources to families, seniors and residents,” Griffo said in a news release. “However, it might not be financially feasible for many of these institutions to undergo needed renovations, upgrades and other improvements. I thank the New York State Library for granting this funding so that we can preserve our local libraries for decades to come.”

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