But the cost of renovating the current building, built in 1932, is now estimated at $40,000 — more than the overall worth of the property, said Library Director Jackie Madison.
The current library building has been in violation of the new Americans with Disabilities Act since it took effect in March, as it is not handicap accessible.
Had a ramp and lift been installed before then, the renovations would have been more affordable, Madison said.
Ross said he’s not sure why the updates weren’t done before the new regulations took effect.
Menard said multiple attempts dating back to the 1990s were made to renovate the library to make it accessible to all community members.
“The (council) and the library directors had the option of upgrading the facility to be compliant with handicapped regulations, including an addition on the existing property; these options have been repeatedly rejected,” the Fire Department said in a letter sent to Mooers residents.
Ross said the new building would cost about $50,000, but it wouldn’t cost the taxpayers anything because almost all the funding for the project has been secured.
The Mooers Free Library building was declared surplus by the Town Council in June, and a local individual has agreed to buy the building for $20,000, Ross said. The sale is in progress. The buyer will allow the library to stay in its current location until construction on the new building is complete, he said.
Madison obtained a $10,000 grant that can be used for the new facility, Ross said. The town also set aside $24,000 for a new library when former Town Supervisor Rudolph “Rudy” Miller was in office.
With the $20,000 from the sale of the old building, the town will have more than enough to cover costs, Ross said.
“Once we settle on a location, I think everything will move pretty quickly,” he said.