City library expected to begin move in two weeks

CRG to provide temporary home during renovations

Ron Peters

Ron Peters

JOHNSTOWN –The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth expects the Gloversville Public Library to start moving into its building in the next two weeks.

CRG President and CEO Ronald Peters on Friday informed his board of directors the library will soon start to make its temporary move from down the street.

The library, which opened in 1905, is planning a total renovation of its East Fulton Street building. During the renovation, the library will have a temporary home at the Fulton County CRG building on West Fulton Street.

“I suspect they will start moving in in two weeks,” Peters said.

He said the library may be totally moved in by the end of April.

Board member Ronald Olinsky said that with so much going on with the library, the CRG board is adding a new Building Committee. He said that panel will review change orders or invoices related to the CRG building and library move.

Library Director Barbara Madonna has said the CRG space needed to be brought up to code for public spaces. This included installing sprinklers, adding handicap accessible doors and updating the fire alarm system. In addition, there had to be an accessible fire door between the library space and CRG space to ensure a separation between the two areas.

Patrons will be able to enter either through the front of the CRG on West Fulton Street, which is handicap accessible, or through a back door by the parking lot off of North Arlingston Avenue.

In addition, some plumbing issues needed to be addressed, carpeting was put down over the epoxy floors and the entire space was painted.

In a related matter, Peters told his board that the CRG is undergoing a review from the state Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. The CRG is trying to obtain Restore New York grant funding to help renovate the West Fulton Street building. Peters said the CRG’s work toward obtaining grant funding may be about three months away.

“It’s a process,” Peters said.

Peters also mentioned how the CRG last year arranged to successfully receive a $300,000 grant through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help the city of Gloversville.

“Perhaps, next year, we would like to expand that to Johnstown,” he said.

In other CRG business, board Chairman Greg Fagan said the agency was recently audited and the board conducted a retreat at the Holiday Inn.

“Its been a very busy week,” Fagan said.

Geoffrey Peck, chairman of the board’s Governance Committee, on Wednesday reviewed several documents and agreements. The board approved the CRG’s mission statement and a procurement policy.

Finance Committee Chairman Olinsky noted West & Company of Gloversville did the CRG’s 2016 audit, which revealed “no adverse findings.” He said the agency also did a 990 federal report for the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. The audit and 990 report were approved by the board.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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