By Katie Dahlstrom
Herald Staff Writer
Clinton Public Library Director Amy Birtell continues to look at ways to improve her current facilities, this time through a study with a price tag of $50,000, part of which would need to be funded by the city.
The study is part of Birtell’s goal to serve the public using the current library facilities, rather than relocating.
“For my first staff meeting a year ago in October the first thing I said is, ‘we’re staying here. There’s no plan on moving,’’ Birtell said.
A portion of the study, $30,000, will be paid for by a grant from the Clinton County Development Association.
The other $20,750 to complete the project would need to come from the city.
Birtell was joined by Robert Winters, project manager with Gere/Dismer Architects, LLC, Lee VanOpdorp, project executive with KJWW Engineering Consultants and Lauren Stottler, project manager with Paragon Commercial Interiors, who are on the project team for the facility needs assessment study.
The need study would evaluate the building systems, ADA compliance and long-range planning to improve the more than century old building.
“The approach here is we’re going to come up with a game plan. This is how we’re going to take care of the building. This is how we’re going to get it up to code. This is how we’re going to get it repaired. Because it’s overwhelming when you go in there and see all the things that do need to be done,” Birtell said.
According to Finance Director Jessica Kinser, finding the funds will require more investigation.
“I would say this is something that requires further discussion to determine whether or not there’s room in the library budget for this or if there is somewhere else where these funds would be on hand, but this is not a part of any bonding or anything we were planning to move forward with at this time,” Kinser said.
Birtell said she doesn’t know where the funds would come from out of her $1 million budget, which was cut to its current level by $75,000 in the middle of fiscal year 2012 and another $50,000 in fiscal year 2013.
The money also could potentially be borrowed in the January through March time frame, Kinser said.
The Council unanimously approved staff find the funding for the study.