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Pleasantville, Mount Pleasant to Fund New Library Roof

The two municipalities co-own the Mount Pleasant Public Library in Pleasantville.

The 's rust-ridden roof will undergo maintenance soon, with the help of funds from the Village of Pleasantville and Town of Mount Pleasant.

Pleasantville's board of trustees voted to sign an inter-municipal agreement with the town on March 26.

"We had several made to us by the library board of trustees over the last two years regarding capital needs of the library facility, particularly the main [Pleasantville] branch," explained Village Administrator Patricia Dwyer.

In August of last year, John Fearon, the library's director, estimated the roof replacement would cost approximately $590,000. He also proposed several other facilities upgrades, including improvements for the parking lot, cooling tower, and air handling unit, for example.

Dwyer said the two entities agreed to tackle the roof together, with Pleasantville to pay approximately $144,840, or 34 percent of the project cost.

The library also received a grant for the roof repair, Dwyer said, which was approximately $244,000.

"They understand that these are tough times," commented Village Trustee Brian Skarstad. "They are going to use some of their own money for these capital projects."

He attributed this to the "good management of the library and John Fearon and the library board."

On April 10, the Town of Mount Pleasant plans to adopt a resolution to bond $426,000 to go toward the roof replacement.

Dwyer said while the village had not yet decided how to fund its portion of the project, filing a joint bond with the town, "would save money for both of us."

She said she would speak with Town Comptroller Tina Peretti about this option, which Trustee Jonathan Cunningham said he supported.

"It's probably to their advantage to bond a larger amount anyway," he said.

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