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Clear Spring library shortfall fixed by loan

November 30, 2000

Clear Spring library shortfall fixed by loan



By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer


A last-minute budget shortfall for the planned Clear Spring library was quickly eliminated Tuesday night, allowing supporters to proceed with plans for a December groundbreaking.

When it is completed, the 8,000-square-foot library will become the county's largest branch, Washington County Free Library Director Mary Baykan said.

That distinction currently belongs to Williamsport's 4,600-square-foot library, Baykan said.

The groundbreaking ceremony is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 19, Baykan said. The library's site is in the midst of the three-school campus west of town, bordered by U.S. 40 and Broadfording Road.

The branch will be called the Leonard P. Snyder Memorial Branch Library because the Snyder Foundation has pledged $350,000 for the project and donated $100,000 of that so far, she said.

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The foundation was hoping that ground would be broken by the end of the calendar year, a goal that can now be met, Baykan said. The Snyder family always wanted to help the community get a library, she said.

The county initially had estimated the cost of the project at $600,000 and $694,387 was raised through efforts by supporters, Baykan said. That amount also included a $200,000 county pledge.

Estimates later rose to $750,000 and the newest estimate, presented to the County Commissioners Tuesday, was $779,000. That includes a $684,000 construction bid and $95,000 for preliminary engineering and design costs and contingencies.

The project was left with a $84,613 shortfall but that was taken care of by the Washington County Commissioners' decision to give an interest-free loan for that amount to either the library system or the Citizens for a Clear Spring Library.

Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook suggested the county match the donations, meaning library supporters would have needed to raise only half of the $84,613 amount, but that was not part of the final decision, Snook said.

The library has received two $45,000 grants from the Washington County Gaming Commission but that money can only be used for furnishings and is not part of the $694,387 raised to pay for construction costs.

With more money from library supporters, Snook said he thinks the $84,613 can be raised without too much difficulty. "You have done a good job," he told library supporters.

After raising funds for the capital construction, library supporters also will need to raise about $30,000 for new books for the Clear Spring library, Baykan said.

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