State grant augments library restoration

       The State Historical Fund has announced an award to the Pikes Peak Library District of $16,795 to help pay for roof stabilization at the Old Colorado City Library.
      “This is a separate award from the grant we received for Phase I repair and restoration [part of a $1.7 million three-phase project] of the exterior of the building last summer,” said Beth Barrett the district's associate director of Branch and Outreach Services. “Considering that we have issues with the ceiling that may be due to past water damage, it is a very good thing to have additional funding to repair the roof.
      ”We estimated that the total cost to repair the roof was $26,177. That means that $9,382 will need to be funded by PPLD as a capital item for 2005.”
      In her kudos to library staff for obtaining the grant, Barrett thanked Old Colorado City Branch Manager Julianne Rist, for her part in “coming up with a winning submission for limited State Historical Fund dollars.”
      The library continues to welcome donations to help pay for the overall restoration, which includes upgrades to the building's interior and exterior, as well as to the outside landscaping and parking lot.
      The plan now calls for work on the windows, doors and steps - and possibly also the roof - to get underway sometime in September, Rist said.

Westside Pioneer Article from press release