COLUMBIANA Public library gets rolling on expansion

Adult and children's areas and the community room will be expanded.
COLUMBIANA -- Columbiana Public Library officials expect to have the library's $1,044,722 addition under roof before winter.
The library board was to meet with contractors today to sign contracts and determine when construction will begin.
Carol Cobbs, library director, said contracts went to these low bidders: Jim Santini Builders Inc. of Washingtonville, general contractor, $690,903; York-Mahoning Mechanical Contractors of Youngstown, mechanical work, $134,800; Ellyson Plumbing and Heating of Salem, plumbing, $103,219; and W.T. Leone's Tri-Area Electric Co. of Youngstown, electrical work, $115,800.
Funding sources
Cobbs said the sale of bonds will finance $1 million and the balance will come from library funds and donations.
The addition will be 6,588 square feet with adult and children's areas and the community room expanded.
Cobbs said much of the initial work will take place in front of the building, but most of the addition will be to the east side of the library, she said.
Earlier this year, the board bought properties adjacent to the library on North Middle and West Salem streets.
The homes on those lots will be moved or torn down.
Levy approved
Voters approved a levy in May 2001 that will generate $1 million through the sale of bonds, she said.
Revenue from the bond sale can be used only for the building addition, Cobbs said.
The property was bought with money the board has saved over the years and with donations from the estates of patrons Edna Calvin and William Millen, she added.

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