Trustees Award Contracts for New Canfield Library

YOUNGSTOWN (September 11, 2012) – The Board of Trustees of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, at their regular meeting today, awarded contracts for construction of the new Canfield Branch Library, which will be located on the same site as the current building, 43 W. Main St., Canfield. Hudson Construction, Inc., of Hermitage, PA, was selected as general contractor with a bid of $3.1 million. Bids were opened on Sept. 9. Architect is Ronald Cornell Faniro of Faniro Architects, Inc., of Youngstown.

Other successful bidders were:

Plumbing Trades: Morrone Mechanical of Lowellville, at $129,000

Mechanical Trades: York Mahoning MC, Inc., at $186,300

Fire Protection Trades: RNL Fire Systems, at $61,599

Electrical Trades: Tri-Area Electric, at $573,668

The total contracted amount is $4,080,567.

The Canfield Library will close at the end of business on Saturday, Sept. 20, so that the building can be emptied in preparation for construction. The current building will be demolished and the new building erected on the same site. Construction is expected to take a year to a year and a half.

A ceremonial groundbreaking is being planned in the weeks after closing. Details will be released at a later time.

The current Canfield Library, built in 1969, is 5,104 square feet. The new branch will be 18,514 square feet.

A temporary library location will be set up in the Mill Creek Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Rd., Canfield, beginning October 1. Mill Creek MetroParks is partnering with the Library and making this space available at no cost. Once open, the temporary site will have hours of Mon. – Sat., from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This site will feature services such as materials pick-up and drop-off, children’s story times, a small collection of materials for checkout, and laptops for use on-site.

The Library reminds patrons that the closest branches to the Canfield Library are Austintown Library, 600 S. Raccoon Rd., at 6.5 miles away, and Boardman Library, 7680 Glenwood Ave., which is about 5.5 miles away.

Plans have been in the works for nearly a decade for this new Canfield Library and the Library Board of Trustees has been saving money for the project. The Library operates debt-free and pays for projects without bond issues or loans, which are costly.

In other action, Trustees recognized the Edward W. Powers Charitable Fund for a generous donation of $48,000 which was used to create the Edward W. Powers Teen Program Fund in the Library Foundation. The Powers family notes that this fund is special because it combines two things that were very important to Edward W. Powers and his wife, Alice: supporting youth and supporting the educational endeavors of youth. Mr. Powers passed in 1983. He was a generous benefactor in this community and the symphony center was named Powers Auditorium in recognition of Mr. Powers.

Executive Director Heidi Daniel, in her report, noted that this year’s Summer Reading program had an increase of 26% in youth registration and 5% in adult registration. Completion rates for the reading program increased in all age groups.