Bridgeville Events
Thursday, July 13th, 2000

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 library."

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.