Cass Supervisors approve Cumberland Library funding request


May 25th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors today (Wednesday), approved a $10,000 funding request from  representatives of the Cumberland Public Library, to help with a renovation project. Library Board President Vicky Anstey appeared before the board to ask for the funds which she says will address some safety issues in the front part of the building. She said there concerns over lightening and sagging shelves. The money would be used to replace paneling and move some of the shelving to another room.

Anstey said the board has been working for a few years to expand the library, because of their increasing patron base. The City of Cumberland, she says has cooperated with that goal, by contributing space previously used as a city garage, and funds for the project.

She says the children’s and open meeting areas are being moved to a back section of the library, and they’ve had a good working relationship with other entities to make the project successful.

She says the $10,000 will help finish the project, which is expected to cost $50- to 55-thousand dollars altogether. The Library has already received a $35,000 grant, a $10,000 private gift, and in-kind services for the project. Board Member Carolyn Hartmann said the City of Cumberland also set aside some funds from a recent event. She says the money came from the City’s 125th Anniversary Celebration.

The nearly complete renovation includes the only handicapped-accessible public restroom in the City.

In other business, the Board of Supervisors approved the funding of sidewalk repair on the county’s portion of the Atlantic City Park. Engineer Ken Coffman told the board their share of the work and engineering costs amounts a little more than $5,495. The City of Atlantic will pick up the remaining cost of the $27,000 project.

Coffman said work on the sidewalk project won’t likely begin until AFTER the AtlanticFest Celebration and Ragbrai event. It was hoped it would be finished before those events took place, but the contractor, Betts and Beer Construction, is busy working on the Iowa Western Community College renovation project, and won’t likely be completed in-time for the City Park project.