Library Trustees Move Forward on Renovation of Main Library

Will Advertise for Bids for Architectural Design

Main Library Youngstown OhioYOUNGSTOWN (December 14, 2018/For Immediate Release) – The Board of Trustees of the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County (PLYMC) moved forward on the Main Library Renovation Project by voting to advertise for bids for architectural services using a qualifications-based process.

Trustees unanimously approved a motion authorizing the Library’s Fiscal Officer, Mark Mrofchak, to place and open bids for the architectural design of the Main Library Renovation. Trustees authorized the Building and Sites Committee to review the bids and to make a recommendation to the full board.

Library Executive Director Aimee Fifarek noted, “We have had a successful public input campaign on the Main Library Renovation, engaging staff and the general public. Along with meetings, the public had an opportunity to comment via the Library’s website.” Trustees received a compilation of comments received during this process.

Main Library, an Andrew Carnegie Library, has undergone two major renovations in its 108 years. The building opened in 1910. During a renovation in 1954, major changes were made to the front of the building facing Wick Avenue and the front stairs and period lamp posts were removed. The second renovation included a large addition to the building and the entrance was relocated to the side, off the parking lot; the renovated building was dedicated in 1996.

In other action, Board accepted the recommendation from the Nominating Committee and unanimously approved James W. Viano III as a new trustee to fill the seat vacated by Millicent Counts; this term expires in January of 2021.  Viano, a North Lima resident, is currently Chief Financial Officer/Vice President of Finance with Joe Dickey Electric Co.