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By Rose Domenick
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, 9:03 p.m.

Work is underway on the site of the planned Youngwood Borough building, and Council President Lloyd Crago said construction is set to begin at the start of 2013.

The playground is dismantled and gone. Trees are being removed and the plot is being graded, while business continues as usual at the former high school building that is home to borough offices and the Youngwood Area Public Library.

“We're still on track to start construction, hopefully, the first of the year,” said Council President Lloyd Crago. “We're moving forward and still shooting for being in the new building by the end of July or the beginning of August.”

Spring is the targeted time frame for seeking specific pricing on the demolition of the 95-year-old building, he added.

The time table depends on weather conditions. Ideas to move and furnish a new library also are moving along.

Plans are in the works for applying for grants that will be geared toward furnishing the new library, which is a branch of the Greensburg Hempfield Area Library.

“Everything is on track,” said library Director Cesare Muccari. “If you plan in advance, the move will go smoothly to transfer the collection and set up the computers. You're not talking moving very far.”

Muccari got experience moving a library collection in 1997, when a new children's library was built and temporary quarters were housed for three months in the former Troutman's building on Main Street.

“Only one day the library was actually closed to move each way,” Muccari said. “We were able to get volunteers from the Boy Scouts and staff to help move the children's library.”

In Youngwood, the updated library will utilize 1,600 square feet of the new 6,000-square-foot brick building that is slated to cost $1.1 million.

“We're hoping to get in there by the end of summer, and I say that cautiously because we have no control over weather and construction,” Muccari said.

Discussion began about building the new borough building when Youngwood High School Restoration disbanded. That organization had been paying about $30,000 a year for utilities at the building to offset operating costs.

Rose Domenick is a freelance writer.

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