Andrews council backs library grant application

Members of the Andrews Town Council gave their backing to an application for a federal grant that would help pay for improvements to the Andrews/Dallas Township Public Library.

The grant, offered by the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, would make possible renovating much of the facility, including the addition of new entrances, restrooms and an elevator.

The total additions and renovations would create 700 square feet more space for the library, causing its size to nearly double, and add 30 percent more shelf space.
Council members said some concern has been expressed that the project may increase tax rates for the citizens of Andrews, but noted that funds from grants and other donations would cover the expenses.

The council also approved a 2012 budget for the community. The budget will be electronically sent for state approval.

Andrews has been forced to deal with budget cuts in past years that have led to the reduction of one town police officer and changes to health insurance of town employees.