POUND RIDGE, N.Y. The Pound Ridge Library undertook efforts to upgrade its facilities this week as work began on replacing the buildings aging roof.
Roofers from Norwalk, Conn.-based C & D Contractors began the job on Monday and Library Director Marilyn Tinter said it should be completed by Wednesday.
Tinter said the new roof is not part of the plan to eventually renovate the library, nor was a continuation of the new sliding project that was begun last fall. She said it was simply something that was needed before it became even more costly.
It wasnt leaking but it was rotting, Tinter said. It was essential we got it done. We couldnt afford not to. It would have ended up costing more.
Tinter said the new roof wasnt part of the original renovation plans, noting that the building needs to be constantly maintained.
The library staff has known about the poor condition of the roof for some time.
Weve been very concerned and a little surprised it hasnt started to leak, Tinter said.
Tinter said the cost of the new roof will be between $12,000 and $15,000.
Library officials hope to eventually renovate and expand the entire library. The Pound Ridge Library Foundation began a campaign in 2004 to raise money for a $2.9 million project that would have included a bigger childrens library, a larger multi-purpose room, an expanded non-book collection, better lighting, improved technology, improved staff workspace, improved restrooms and an updated HVAC system, among other things. The project would add another 4,000 square feet to the facility. However, the sputtering economy has slowed down the fundraising efforts.
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