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Sharpsburg agrees to match up to $4,500 for library expansion project

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The expansion of the Sharpsburg Community Library is set to begin this month, and the project could get some last-minute help from the borough.

Sharpsburg officials have agreed the borough will match any donations up to $4,500 for the project.

The library had been looking at a $75,000 shortfall for the project in May, with more than $834,000 raised.

Borough secretary Jan Barbus said negotiations with Franjo Construction, which will complete the work, helped reduce the shortfall. It now stands at $9,000, she said. Library officials had asked if the borough could help financially. They offered to reimburse its contribution as more donations came in.

“If money does come in, then council would not be held responsible for that,” Barbus said.

Councilman Matthew Rudzki said helping the library is a worthwhile cause, but finding all the money needed could be tough.

“I think it's a good idea. I'm not sure necessarily that the money is there,” Rudzki said.

He suggested that instead of providing $9,000 to the library, the borough instead should provide half as a match for donations that come in. The borough still would be reimbursed for its contribution. Other council members agreed.

“They get $4,500 in donations, they get the other $4,500 from us,” Rudzki said.

Donations can be made at the borough building at 1611 Main St. in Sharpsburg.

The library expansion will include more space for materials and the children's area, along with community meeting rooms.

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513, or tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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