Tonawanda News — Four libraries in Niagara and Erie counties received nearly $150,000 in funding from New York state this week for a range of refurbishments largely related to energy efficiency improvements.
The Town of Tonawanda’s Kenilworth and Kenmore libraries received more than $100,000, with Kenilworth Branch obtaining $30,263 and Kenmore $87,375 respectively. The Kenilworth Branch Library, located on Montrose Avenue in the town, will utilize the funds to install three rooftop air conditioning units and replace two flat sections of the roof to improve the building’s energy efficiency.
The City of Tonawanda Public Library also received $29,546 to upgrade a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, and the North Tonawanda Public Library on Meadow Drive, received $9,515 to replace a damaged signboard with a new electronic sign that will be used to promote library events and programs.
The Kenmore Library, the town’s main library located on Delaware Road in the village, will be able to install a chiller and two heat-pump units to create a multi-zone system.
New York State Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, who announced the funding on Thursday, indicated the the money stems from a $14 million capital fund appropriation from the 2013 state budget for construction and renovations to libraries.
“Libraries are such an important asset to our communities,” Schimminger, D-Kenmore, said. “These state funds will help improve the buildings’ facilities and their energy efficiency, which should help save utility costs.”