Moon Library Explores Plans to Expand Beaver Grade Road Building
The township is unable to find a suitable location to relocate the library, said Moon Township Manager Jeanne Creese.
The project is still in its initial phases, Creese said.
"It would be funded through a combination [of public grants and donations]," said Creese of the library's addition. "The committee has not yet done a fundraising kick-off. They're looking at designs for the building and getting ready to hire an architect."
Library officials have said that the building at 1700 Beaver Grade Road is too small to accommodate the library's needs. Heavy water leaking from the building's ductwork and roof prompted township officials in 2011 to explore the option of moving the library to a different facility.
Creese said the library has committed to remain housed in the Beaver Grade Road building; the township was unable to find an existing building to move its library and community center. No time table for the expansion has yet been announced, she said.
The building also houses Moon Community Access Television, the Moon Township real estate office and the Moon Township Municipal Authority. The township purchased the building from the Montour Golf Club in 1994.Creese said staff began to notice the structure deteriorating in 2008.
Library staff and patrons have said significant roof leaks in recent months have ruined ceiling tiles, books and computers in the building.
The Moon Township Board of Supervisors this month voted to advertise bid specifications for a full roof replacement and duct work repairs on the building. Creese said the advertisements will be released May 1. The board is expected to award the project to a contractor at its May 30 public meeting.
In September 2011, the township received bids for a full-roof replacement. The lowest received bid was $246,830 from Eighty Four-based G & W Roofing.
"We're expecting the roof project [to cost] about the same [as the 2011 bids]," Creese said. "But there will be some additional work because the project includes work for [heating, ventilation and air conditioning] units and duct work.]"
Work on the roof replacement is slated to begin in June, Creese said.
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