CHETWYND – The Chetwynd Public Library is gearing up for a $190,000 upgrade.
Plans have been in the works for three years and have finally been given the go ahead after the District of Chetwynd applied for $26,600 in funding assistance to the Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT) earlier this month.
Currently, funding for the project will be split between the District of Chetwynd ($100,000), the Peace River Regional District ($50,000) and the library ($8,400).
Former librarian Faye Asleson originally presented the plans to District of Chetwynd Council in March of 2015. At that point the Library had hired Emerge Designs out of Fort St. John to take on the new look. Originally the board wanted to get construction started during the summer of 2015, but due to the District’s then financial burden of both the new town hall and the medical clinic, it was decided to push construction to 2016 instead. Since then there have been a few tweaks to the design which current head librarian Ana Peasgood hopes to release to the public soon.
The last upgrades to the building took place back in 2012 when the flooring was replaced.
Plans are available to look at the Chetwynd Public Library and staff are hoping the project can be finished by the time their Fiftieth Anniversary rolls around.