Goodwin Library retrofit in line for Hadley Community Preservation Act funding

  • The Community Preservation Act Committee is recommending Hadley voters approve spending more than $225,000 in CPA funds to retrofit Goodwin Memorial Library for other municipal uses. Gazette photo

Staff Writer
Published: 3/15/2020 11:38:41 PM

HADLEY — Most of the proposals brought before the Community Preservation Act Committee for consideration at Town Meeting in May, including a way to make Goodwin Memorial Library suitable for other municipal uses when it closes this fall, are being supported by its members.

During a session that extended beyond three hours this week, the committee voted to move forward with spending $110,000 to construct a town fitness court at Zatyrka Park and another $8,000 to hook up electricity and provide other amenities for a pavilion that was built at the elementary school.

But Chairman Andy Morris-Friedman said the committee approved less money than requested for the project to revitalize and retrofit Goodwin for other municipal purposes when the new town library, under construction on a neighboring site, opens in the fall.

The request for Goodwin, which has been the town library since 1902, was trimmed from $288,000 to $226,093 because parts of the proposal were deemed not allowable under the CPA law, Morris-Friedman said.

Meanwhile, $25,000 was recommended for a design study to get an elevator or lift into the three-story building.

Also recommended is $1,500 for water testing at Lake Warner/North Hadley Pond, $4,250 to do restoration work on colonial-era deerskin maps that date to 1740, and less than $1,500 for protecting a decorative window that was removed from the former Hooker School building before its demolition. That window will be displayed in some form in the new library.

In addition, the committee passed over $25,000 for upgrading the Town Common due to lack of a presentation, and a Board of Health request for $5,000 for a study for how to make all town buildings accessible, which would have also paid for new accessible door openers for Town Hall, was withdrawn.

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