Fairfield Legislators Announce $439,000 State Grant to Renovate Fairfield Public Library

May 28, 2003

State Funds Will Help Defray Cost of Upgrading Main Library on Old Post Road

State Sen. John McKinney, R-28, and state Reps. Cathy Tymniak, R-133, John “Jack” Stone, R-134, and Carl Dickman, R-132, today announced a state grant of $439,129 to help renovate Fairfield’s Main Library at the Post Road and Old Post Road.

Of the amount, $332,129 is for renovations to comply with current building codes and $107,000 is for furniture and shelving. The library previously was approved for a $167,871 remodeling grant last year.

“This is great news for the entire Fairfield community,” said Sen. McKinney. “The library has been in need of structural improvements for some time now and through the efforts of both state and local officials working together, we now have this funding in place. That cooperation will help alleviate the cost of the project to town residents.”

“Originally built in 1903, the library has been expanded and improved over the years, but it is overdue for additional modernization,” said Rep. Tymniak. “We are delighted to see that our work over the past year to secure this funding has finally paid off.”

Rep. Stone said, “The Fairfield library is one of the most heavily used in the state. This funding will go a long way toward the renovation of the library for the benefit of thousands of children and families from Fairfield and surrounding towns. In addition, many of the library’s resources are available over the internet to people throughout Connecticut.”

Rep. Dickman said, “Thanks to the administration of Governor John Rowland and the Connecticut State Library Board, we are pleased to announce that these state grants will help reduce the cost of library renovations, improvements and building code compliance to local property taxpayers.”