Alcona County Library moves ahead with lighting changes

HARRISVILLE — Visitors to the Alcona County Library Harrisville Branch soon will notice changes inside and outside of the building, according to Library Director Denise Bearre.

The library will be closed next week, beginning Monday, as contractors work to install new LED lighting in the building, she said.

She said the branch should be opened by Dec. 11 or earlier depending on how soon the work can be done in the space.

The lighting will be put into the main section of the library, where most of the library book stacks and public computers are located, according to Bearre.

“There are 72 fixtures plus three pendant lights that will go over the checkout desk,” she said.

The Alcona County Library board has been working for the better part of a year on the project. A similar project already has been completed at the Lincoln branch of the library.

Bearre said the contract for the Harrisville branch was awarded to Al’s Electric of Oscoda and will cost around $45,000.

She said anyone who has a book due next week will have fees waived if the book was going to be late during the construction week.

Bearre said it will be good to have the lighting go up, which will improve energy costs for the library as well as provide better lighting for the patrons.

“I had began to wonder if we were ever going to be able to do it. It was supposed to be a project for this year,” she said. “They had to order the lights in October and I thought they would be in by mid-November, but they did make it in by the end of the year.”

Bearre said not all the work is going on inside the branch. She said there is much work going on for the library’s reading trail, which is being paid for through a grant. The grant will help fund a trail through the library’s adjacent property through the woods, complete with interpretative signs.

“We have had quite a bit of progress. We have the gazebo, we poured the cement pad, we have the form up for the focal pont, we have a trail going from here to the apartments over on Eighth Street,” she said.

Some of the work was conduced by Jim Hammel, a neighbor to the library who volunteers to do work there from time to tom.

“Russ Champagne and several people from 4-H, they got some equipment and did a lot of this in one day and it was it’s a nice start to the project,” she said.