The Pulaski County Public Library in Winamac will soon be getting some upgrades. Executive Director MacKenzie Ledley told the county council Monday that a new elevator will be installed, among other improvements. “We also have a handicap exit that’s not handicap accessible, so we’re going to have to do more work to that,” she said. “And then also, when everybody was getting their rainwater, the library basement at the Carnegie flooded, and so we’re going to have to have re-piping done around there. It’s a real big mess.”
To pay for the work, the library board plans to use $80,000 out of its Library Improvement Reserve Fund, which is kind of like a Rainy Day Fund. Ledley told council members that while the library has the money available, it needs the county council’s permission to spend it, due to the size of the request. “We’re only allowed to request the average growth quotient, and anything above the growth quotient has your binding review,” she explained. “So this is in excess of the budget.”
The council members voted to advertise the additional appropriation. Ledley said taxpayers will have a chance to weigh in on the request during a public hearing, before final permission to spend the money is granted.