State funds could help library grow
By Lynn R. Parks
Through the recently passed state bond bill, the Bridgeville Public Library will
receive $25,000. According to library director Carol Gasior, the money will be used
to lay the groundwork for a construction project.
"We need a bigger meeting room and more shelf space," said Gasior. "This money will
enable us to hire an architect and an inspector to look at the building and
determine what our options are, whether we can renovate or start looking for
another facility." Specifically, the architect and inspector will look at the
12-foot by 12-foot stage area, now used for storage, and the current meeting room
to determine how they can be renovated. Complicating any renovation of the stage is
the fact that the library’s gas furnace is located there.
Because the library is on the National Register of Historic Places, additions that
change the exterior are not possible. Gasior said that a community advisory group
recently suggested that the library host more cultural programs. "We don't have the
room to do that," she said. Summer reading programs are being held in Union United
Methodist Church and St. Mary's Episcopal Church.
In addition, the library's regular Tuesday-morning story time has grown from seven
children several years ago to 20. "That is great, but we don't have room for them
all," Gasior said. "We ought at least to be able to have story time in the
The state requires that its money be matched dollar for dollar by local funds. Gasior
said that the library will accomplish that through its regular fund-raisers: book
sales, barbecued chicken sales, the carnival at the Apple-Scrapple Festival and its
annual campaign. "This is in the very early planning stages and we have no idea when
construction could start," said Gasior.
The bond bill, passed June 30, also provided for regular operating expenses for the
Bridgeville ($106,611) and Greenwood ($77,087) senior centers. In addition, the
Greenwood Senior Center will receive $35,000 to go toward payment of a $150,000
mortgage it has.
The Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Department will receive $82,286, as will the Greenwood
Volunteer Fire Department. According to Pete Stephens, BVFD treasurer, the department
is planning to buy a new ambulance and two new fire engines in the next two years.
Cost, with which the state money will help, is $500,000.
Through the State Aid for Local Law Enforcement, the Bridgeville Police Department
will receive $4,700. The Greenwood Police Department will receive $5,800. In
addition, Bridgeville Community Action Inc. will receive $3,308.