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Rippey Library Progress Continues! May 2011 Update.

Work has begun! The funds received for the Rippey Library has been adequate to begin remodeling of the former Masonic Lodge Building given to the City of Rippey October 10, 2010.
Rippey Library Progress Continues! May 2011 Update.

Velda DeMoss, President of the Friends of Rippey, is smiling as she has just happily accepted a check from the Greene County Community Foundation that will be used for the new Rippey Library.

Jefferson Herald May 12, 2011

 Through the support of individuals and businesses of the community, as well as former Rippey High School Alumni funds of over $70,000 has been donated since the campaign began last October.

Additional funding has come from the Greene County Board of Supervisor’s, $5,000 from the Louie Dreyfus fund, and $18,500 grant from the Greene County Community Foundation, will aide in the purchase of furniture, and shelving.

Individuals and businesses within Greene County have been employed to “keep the funding local”. John McConnell Construction Company of Jefferson is doing the construction, and Durlam Electric is providing electrical services.

Prison Industries of Iowa has been contacted and shelving and the distribution desk has been ordered.    The library will be relocated during the summer.

The original plan of developing the former lodge building to be used entirely for the Rippey Library was modified in response to recommendations from the Rippey Community. The modified plan included using the former dining area of the lodge building as a “multi-purpose” room.  This area will be used as an overflow for library programs in terms of reading, and crafts associated with library activities.
In addition the multi-purpose room will be available as a place for community persons to gather for coffee, communication, and card games on a daily basis.

Funds from the Department of Natural Resources have been secured to complete asbestos testing of several older buildings on the Main Street and up to $25,000 will be made available to remove asbestos, with a match of the amount coming from the recent donations.

Upon the transfer of the Library to the remodeled building, the former Squeak’s restaurant, the former City Hall, the Library and the café owned by Brubaker’s will be razed.  People’s Trust and Savings Bank has contributed funds for removal of their former two buildings and they will also be removed. This second phase is being called re NEW RIPPEY.

While the largest grant request submitted for $110,000 remains unfunded from the Department of Economic Development future plans include expansion of the room on the west of the former lodge building to allow for a large community room that will be used for graduation and  wedding receptions, anniversary celebrations, community potlucks and large family reunions.  Funds will continue to be requested and accepted for the community room.


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