Elmore has $290K for new library
Money from the federal stimulus package will be put to good use in Elmore soon.
Local officials on Monday received word from the USDA Rural Development Agency that the city will receive a $150,000 grant and $100,000 loan to renovate a vacant downtown building for a new library.
“I heard about it while I was driving in my car. It’s great news. This means the project can now move forward,” says City Clerk Dianne Nowak.
The city applied for the funds earlier this year to help pay for a project estimated at $294,000.
Nowak says she plans to contact a USDA representative in Marshall to see what needs to be done next.
Elmore residents have done their part to raise funds, collecting $44,000 in donations.
Nowak says “Friends of the Library” held fundraisers to repair the roof of the building at 107 E. Willis St.
The new library when completed is expected to be more energy efficient, handicap accessible and provide adequate space for books and equipment.
The federal funding is part of the Rural Development’s community facilities program, which helps finance essential facilities in rural areas such as child care centers, hospitals, medical clinics, assisted living facilities and fire/rescue stations.
“We’re really lucky things worked out the way they did. We were as confident as we could be about getting the funding. But, you never know. One day the money is there, then the next day it’s not,” says Nowak.
The City Council is expected to discuss the library project at its meeting in October.