City library to remain open during construction

A long-anticipated effort to make these steps to the Enterprise City Library more user-friendly will begin Sept. 28. The library will remain open to users such as Andrew Esquibel of Joseph. Photo by Rocky Wilson

Although remodeling work on the front entrance of the Enterprise City Library will begin Sept. 28, the library will remain open to the public. Library users will be asked to use the basement entrance to the old Carnegie building, the entrance along Main Street normally reserved for patrons of the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District.

A $23,500 bid from W.C. Construction of Elgin was approved during a special Sept. 16 session of the Enterprise City Council. W.C. Construction was the head contractor in the Enterprise school bond project.

City librarian Denine Rautenstrauch said that work should be completed by Thanksgiving.

The existing steps are steep and especially difficult for elderly users or the handicapped to navigate.

The plan, said Rautenstrauch, is for an electronic door with a concrete platform built in front of it. Sets of steps will be constructed to the north and south of the platform with a concrete wall, with book drop, built between the steps. Designed into the wall will be two set of six book boxes each, made available to persons still unable to navigate the steps and requiring roadside service.

The cost of the overall project, Rautenstrauch said, will be $29,800.

Contributing $10,000 each to the project were an anonymous donor and the City of Enterprise. The library board raised another $5,000 from a variety of fundraisers and a $2,500 grant was received from the Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust in Portland.

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