Share This Page

Who will pay at center of debate over Youngwood library

| Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Borough and library officials are staying tight-lipped about discussions to fund a new room for the Youngwood Area Public Library.

After receiving bids for construction in late June to complete a room for the library in the new borough building, Youngwood council members questioned whether the library would step in and pay for the work.

Council was under the impression that the library was ready to provide the funds, because the borough is providing the building, but there is no written agreement between the two sides.

That concerns several council members and borough Solicitor Gerald W. Yanity.

Council members met with library officials July 8 to discuss the terms of the agreement, but neither side will say what was discussed.

“I really can't comment on it because negotiations are still going on,' said Cesare Muccari, director of the Greensburg Hempfield Library. The Youngwood Library is a branch of the Greensburg Hempfield library.

Council President Lloyd Crago referred calls to Muccari.

“All I can comment on, it was positive,” Crago said. “I don't think there's going to be any problem; it was a positive result. We came to an agreement — let's put it that away — and we're moving forward.”

Muccari said he would wait until after council's next meeting July 29 to comment further.

He said “if everything goes as planned” the library will raise funds for the project.

The borough applied for a grant from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund on behalf of the library. Funding of $65,000 was awarded as a matching grant. The library would have to come up with $40,000.

Council voted on July 2 to accept the low construction bids for finishing the room at a cost of $72,000, but made clear that the borough would be under no obligation to convert it to a library.

If council does not make the room a library, it would lose the matching grant and would be responsible for the full $72,000 for construction.

“We have to finish the room no matter what,” Crago said at the last council meeting July 1.

Kate Wilcox is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6155 or kwilcox@tribweb.com.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.