New library in Chazy's future

CHAZY - When Dr. George Clark was nearing retirement some years ago, individuals in the community turned to him to help the Chazy Public Library. Since his passing in May, they found out he came through for them.

In July 2008, the library conducted a long-range planning survey, receiving results from nearly 1,100 Chazy residents.

From the survey, the library board of trustees learned parking, building size and lack of handicapped access were three areas the residents found unsatisfactory.

The current library building is noncompliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, enacted in 1990, explained board president George Brendler.

Another survey was conducted this fall, as to whether or not the residents would be interested in having Clark's office be the new library. Based on those results, the board unanimously passed a resolution Dec. 2 to accept Clark's gift.

"Our lovable library is very small. It has limited room for books, no reading or research areas," said Brendler, adding there is limited space to meet ADA requirements.

The board was notified they had the opportunity to receive Clark's office this summer.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for the people of Chazy," Brendler said, "to be able to expand from our limited space in the historic Hubbell building without having to invest in land or a new building."

Currently, the board is organizing several committees to look into fundraising, grants and figuring out the costs of renovations.

"We cannot occupy the building and begin any renovations or construction until after being granted a deed," explained Brendler, "which may take many months."

However, the board has been discussing ideas they hope to see in the new building, including handicapped accessibility and research and office areas.

The building currently has handicapped accessibility, but needs upgrading. And, although they have five bathrooms, they have no handicapped bathroom.

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