Gov. Doyle & U.S. Rep. Obey Present $360,000 Check to Webster Library
Sam Klemet reports:
Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle came to Burnett County Tuesday and brought with him a large check. Doyle and Congressman Dave Obey presented the Webster Library with a $360,000 check for renovating a nearly 6,000 square foot facility to house a new library. The funds are federal stimulus dollars and Governor Doyle says a project like the one is Webster is what is needed to overcome the recession.
The funding is part of $17.6 million in Recovery Act funding for development projects in 37 communities across the state. Webster is providing a $360,000 match for the new library which will go into the old Larson building on Highway 35 and Main Street. The total cost of the project is $956,500. Library Board President Laura Rachford says the new facility is an essential part of the community.
Rachford hopes to start the renovations of the building in October with the finished library opening in the spring.
Governor Doyle commended Congressman Dave Obey on bringing the Webster Library project to the forefront. Obey says it is encouraging to see a smaller community like Webster receive funds that he says can help spark the local economy.
State Representative Ann Hraychuck came to Tuesday’s announcement with her 1o-year-old nephew, who she said was excited to meet not only Governor Doyle, but the librarians, as well. She says this points to the importance of libraries in the community. Hraychuck adds that she is elated to see federal stimulus money making its way to rural areas, and not just the large metros.
The Webster Library was not the only one receiving gifts. The Library Board presented Governor Doyle and Congressman Obey with library cards. Each signed the cards and they will go on display at the new library when it opens.