Madison OK’s Share of Library Renovation Funding | Madison Eagle News


MADISON- The borough council, in two votes Monday, helped facilitate a $2.9 million renovation of the Madison Public Library that will begin later this year.

The library was approved in December to receive a state matching grant of approximately $914,000 for major renovations under the New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act.

The council voted Monday to introduce an order funding its $457,000 half of the local matching cost.

With the library adding its own $457,000, the three funding sources will provide a total of $1.83 million in improvements to the library’s entrance and restrooms under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), reducing asbestos in the ceilings and replacement of lighting and ceiling, which will allow the library to reconfigure its interior spaces and electrical wiring.

The board later voted in its virtual meeting on Monday to authorize the library to carry out the grant agreement with the state.

An additional $1 million for library improvements will be funded outside of the grant framework, bringing the total cost to approximately $2,894,000.

Friends of Madison Public Library, the library and its foundation, Madison Public Library, Inc., will provide $700,000 for interior improvements, including moving interior walls and erecting new ones to create new space for teenagers, study and conference rooms and cosmetics. changes to carpeting and furniture to give the library a brighter, more modern look.

The borough must provide the remaining $300,000 to repair the roof of the library as the first stage of the renovations.

Councilman Rachel Ehrlich said the roof project is budgeted for the summer and Jersey City architectural firm Helena Ruman Architects is developing design documents for the work.

In an unrelated resolution passed at the meeting, the board voted to hire the same company for an $11,000 contract to develop plans for a new roof at the Madison Utility Building on John Avenue.

Design guidelines introduced, in-person return in sight

The council also introduced two other ordinances on Monday and passed a third.

Council unanimously passed an ordinance to implement the Historic Preservation Commission’s updated design guidelines. The guidelines are for a developer’s professionals to review before drawing up plans for a building in a historic district or a district with historic homes, for example.

Borough Councilor Eric Range said the roughly 90-page document contains detailed information on all aspects of the design “for anyone looking to grow in the borough of Madison, whether they whether they are in a historic district or whether they are simply looking to better integrate their project into nature”. of the borough as a whole. »

Ehrlich noted that the technical document is intended for professionals such as architects or building contractors.

“It says that if you’re just replacing a window, you can just go to the window section, for example. I think the level of detail and how it’s organized makes sense for the audience it’s intended for .”

Additionally, council voted unanimously to introduce an ordinance to remove off-street parking facilities, or parking lots, as primary permitted uses on private property in areas of the central business district.

The three ordinances regarding library funding, historic preservation design guidelines and off-street parking facilities will go through a second reading and public hearings at a council meeting on Monday, February 28.

Mayor Robert Conley said council intends to resume in-person meetings the following Monday, March 14. Meetings will continue to be streamed online.

Council also passed second reading an ordinance allocating $80,000 for the purchase of exterior handicapped door accessories and replacement at the Hartley Dodge Memorial Building. The gate and equipment were damaged during Hurricane Ida in September, and the borough hopes to recover “probably not all, but most of the expenses” from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Conley said.

Also at the meeting, Conley recognized the Borough’s Employees of the Month for February: Construction Manager Russ Brown, Plumbing and Mechanical Subcode Manager Al Fisch, and Building Department Assistant Lou Ammirato.

The mayor said the three men worked together to find and repair ceiling leaks in the garage trenches of the Hartley Dodge Memorial building.

“Thanks to their knowledge and skills, these employees were able to carry out this great project well beyond the scope of their professional requirements, which ultimately saved the borough and taxpayers thousands of dollars – and that might be an underestimate,” he said. “We were at one point considering having to reheat part of this building if this leak was not discovered, so it was amazing that they were able to do that.”


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