Penny Kerfien, Director of the Fulton Public Library, announced today that ground has been broken to construct an elevator to make all four levels of their historic building fully accessible.
Ground was broken Friday, September 25, on the river side of the 1905 Carnegie structure, to build a four-story elevator tower on the rear of the building. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The project will be completed in two sections,Ã¢â‚¬Â Kerfien said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The first part of the project will be to construct the tower, on the river side of the building, from ground level to the roof.Ã¢â‚¬Â She explained that this part of the process will be completed this fall, along with some of the interior work. The finishing of the interior, doors, and the elevator itself will be installed in early 2010, Kerfien continued.
Library board president Marian Stanton explained that while the full cost of the project has not yet been raised, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The board felt it was important to begin construction as encouragement to the communityÃ¢â‚¬â€and ourselvesÃ¢â‚¬â€that weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re determined to be successful.Ã¢â‚¬Â She said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“We have several other sources of funding pending, and we are continuing our fund raising activities.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We even have an evening of Irish music by Belfastman Geordy Austin and friends along with a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner planned for late this fall at the Fulton Polish Home, chaired by Rosa Kemmis and Bob Vayner,Ã¢â‚¬Â Stanton said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We expect to have a firm date to announce within a few days.Ã¢â‚¬Â