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Library projects awarded funds

Nearly $80k awarded between Voorheesville and Altamont

— Voorheesville Library Director Gail Sacco said the library would be setting aside funds annually to put towards replacing the roof, with the state providing a 50 percent match.

“The current roof is not leaking, but it is old,” Sacco said. “It has been there for 25 years and we do have it checked routinely.”

She said the library has several years to use the funding, so it’s able to hold off until it has matching funds.

Altamont Free Library is in the opposite situation, because a majority of the grant-funded work has already been completed, according to Library Director Judith Wines.

“The construction grants have been wonderful for libraries,” Wines said.

Altamont’s awarded grant funding is going towards the final phase of renovations at its new location. The previous library was unable to serve people in wheelchairs, she said, so the new library has addressed accessibility issues.

“The best thing is seeing people who could not come into our previous library location coming in,” she said.

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