County plans $1.2M. upgrade of
Crest branch library
publishedFriday, September 26, 2008
Atlantic City Press
WILDWOOD CREST - The county is planning renovations to the borough's branch library, including the creation of more reading-room space and the addition of handicapped-accessible facilities and upgrades.
Borough Clerk Kevin Yecco said Thursday that he and Mayor Carl Groon expect to meet with county Library Director Deborah Poillon to discuss the capital improvements, which were the subject of a closed session during this week's Borough Commission meeting.
The borough owns the library building, located at 6301 Ocean Ave., while the county operates it as a library.
Poillon said the proposed renovations would include everything from widening doorways to make them compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act to updating the building's aging bathrooms.
In addition, Poillon said the plan may include adding a roof to the building's solarium so it can be used on a more year-round basis and turning an arbor area in the back into an enclosed reading room, like a large screened porch.
Poillon said she expects to meet with borough officials soon and noted that the renovations will be paid for with a bond issued by Cape May County.
The work is expected to cost about $1.2 million, she said.Garrison Architects of Mt. Laurel has been commissioned to complete the design.
Poillon added the county is also planning similar renovations to the Lower Township library as well as the addition of 2,500 square feet of space for use as a meeting room, study rooms and a reading room.
Borough Commission is also considering a change to its taxi-cab regulations.
North Wildwood recently changed its fee schedule following an investigation into what island cab companies were charging.
While North Wildwood has changed its rates, those changes are not in effect in neighboring Wildwood and Wildwood Crest.
The borough held a hearing on the issue this week, but no changes were adopted.
Yecco said the borough wants to check with Wildwood before making changes because the idea is to have uniform rates across the island.
Clerk Christopher Wood said the city has received a copy of North
Wildwood's new ordinance, but the commissioners have not decided what
action to take.