Chatham Selectmen Approve Eldredge Library Concept

CHATHAM – Chatham Selectmen have given their support to proposed renovations and additions to the Eldredge Public Library.

The primary focus of the proposal is to restore the Pioneer Memorial along Main Street and make landscape improvements in front of the library.

Plans include maintaining the existing base and shoring up the stone that holds up the plaque, and integrating it into the Main Street sidewalk.

“The wall will heighten the attractiveness of the front of the library and significantly contribute to the library’s central and prominent place in the town,” said Friends of the Eldredge Library President Kerry Brown at Tuesday night’s selectmen’s meeting.

While looking at concept drawings for the design, library officials also determined that there were other items on the site that required attention and decided to develop a Library Site Master Plan.

Improvements include new bike racks, new light poles and benches, a new concrete path and a new intermediate handrail.

“The Trustees and the Friends now both support moving forward with this project as the risk of the safety and liability issues has become a greater and greater concern,” said Library Board of Trustees President Joe Gagliano.  

With the selectmen’s approval, the project will now be developed as a comprehensive filing next month for a Draft FY19 Fiscal Warrant Article.


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