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No quitting - Editorial 1998

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No quitting

Library supporters keep plugging away

Never say die.

That is an apropos motto for Lonaconing and Frostburg as they continue to move forward — albeit in a circuitous fashion — on their library projects.
The two library projects have encountered a series of ups and downs over the last several months.

The ups have been stunning:
•       Extra funding from the state and county government.
•       Community fund raising that has ranged from penny collections from children to huge anonymous donations from longtime residents.
•       Smith Management Company's decision to write off a $200,000 calculation error on the Frostburg project, thus keeping the construction cost within $14,000 of its $1.4 million target price.

The downs — especially the $288,000 shortage for the Georges Creek library in Lonaconing — have kept community leaders and elected officials scrambling for answers.
Still, both projects are now nearing reality. A meeting of more than 25 state, county and local officials this week ironed out differences that will allow both projects to go ahead simultaneously.

In Frostburg's case, enough money is available. If all goes well, the Maryland Board of Public Works will allocate the state's share of money this month.
The legislation that authorized state funding for the libraries tied the two together so that they would move in tandem.

That created a snag, then, when the Lonaconing library bids came in too high. There is enough money for the $850,000 construction, but not enough for books and furniture.

Now, rather than hold up the Frostburg project because Lonaconing is not ready, the county is arranging to have a separate account dedicated specifically for the Georges Creek library.

Although the money will not be drawn until the library is ready to be built, the account will satisfy the state's tandem requirement and allow Frostburg to tap into state funds immediately.

With the construction hurdles nearly cleared, local officials soon will be able to turn their attention to the libraries' next formidable challenge — finding enough money for books and furnishings.


Cumberland Times-News


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Public libraries, Maryland, Allegany County; Allegany county Library System (Md.), Anniversaries.

Allegany County (Md,), 1960-2010

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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