Commissioners asked to back grant to fund Andrews library renovation

The Andrews/Dallas Township Library is looking to make its 83-year-old home handicap accessible and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act through a construction project that will potentially add ramps, an elevator and a new restroom, said Nancy Disbro, Andrews Library director.

Disbro discussed the project with the Huntington County Commissioners at their meeting on Monday, Nov. 30, as the library wants to apply for a Community Focus Fund Grant from the State of Indiana to pay for the project. But because the library is a dual town/township facility, Huntington County must be the lead applicant for the grant.

"We're quite certain the grant would cover the project," said Disbro.

Disbro estimates that the total cost for construction would be less than $500,000, which is the amount of the CFFG, and the same amount that the Mt. Etna Fire Station received.

However, only one Community Fund Focus Grant can be active in the county at any one time, said Bryn Keplinger, assistant director of the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development. Due to the Mt. Etna Fire Station having already received the same type of grant, the Andrews Library would not be able to start construction until after the fire station is complete.

Despite the delay the library may have in construction, the facility may still apply for the grant in spite of the current CFFG project, as long as construction does not begin until the first project - the fire station - is complete.

"We would love to see the application in by the fall of 2010," Disbro said.

The commissioners agreed that the project would be beneficial, but did not take any action on Monday.
Disbro invited the commissioners to visit the library and attend the public meeting of the Andrews/Dallas Township Library Board on Thursday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the library.