Jeff council okays purchase of lift for library

The Jefferson city council at its regular meeting Nov. 25 approved spending an amount not to exceed $35,000 to replace the platform lift at the public library. The lift provides handicap accessibility for the library’s basement meeting room and genealogical library.

The present lift was installed in the early 1990s. Parts are no longer available when repair is necessary.

When the need to replace the lift became apparent, the city council instructed library director Jane Millard to solicit funding from other sources. She has raised $18,710 for the project; total cost of the actual lift is $29,980, with the city incurring additional expense in installation. Outside financial support has included a $9,500 grant from the Greene County Community Foundation.

The city council okayed a down payment of $14,900 required by the company, Access Elevator and Lifts Inc. Delivery time is pegged at four weeks.

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