A group of people in Cedaredge working behind the scenes, largely without recognition and seeking no publicity for themselves, has helped benefit Cedaredge and the entire Surface Creek Valley community.
They are members of the Cedaredge Public Library Foundation.
They are Nelson Cederberg, Jim Hakanson, Faith Heckman, Jim Hudson, Jude Kieca, Kathleen Morse, Lyn Mosely, Dave Steuck and Bill Welch.
Welch, current president of the foundation board, explained that the foundation owns the Cedaredge Public Library building and grounds, and "takes care of" the library's maintenance needs to keep it an inviting, comfortable, and safe place for kids, families and adults of the community.
Among its projects, the foundation has led the (so far) unfruitful search for space to provide larger quarters for the library facility. "We all know the library is too small," Welch told the Delta County Independent during an interview conducted at one of the library's two reading tables.
Welch explained the foundation's acquisition three years ago of a small property just to the east of the present library fronting on Highway 65 provided additional parking, outdoor program space, and landscaping with the help of Jim Leser and the Cedaredge Tree Board.
On Jan. 7 the foundation completed a new addition to the parcel: a highly visible sandstone monolith marker near the highway, promoting the Cedaredge Library.
Welch emphasizes the handsome new marker was not paid for with library district tax dollars. The Cedaredge Public Library Foundation is a private, non-profit organization with its own funding available from grants, donations and other sources. It is the foundation's funds that have paid for the new marker, a fact that will hopefully soothe concerns of some county voters who cast ballots in the recent election.
The immediate past president of the foundation board is Don Ahern. He presided over the organization when the new marker project was undertaken.
Ahern reiterated, "The sign is completely funded by the Cedaredge Public Library Foundation. The sign has been requested for several years by past library managers and staff members to mark the library entrance."
He explains there was considerable thought and deliberation by the foundation board on the sign project to ensure that the funds spent would provide a true benefit to the library and the community and be a pleasing addition to the community landscape.
"Following acquisition of the property east of the library," Ahern explains, "the foundation board members offered to have a sign built on the property that would be of substantial construction, to reflect the importance of the library to the community, and also that would be reflective of other signs in town" including the sandstone monoliths at the skate park, the Centennial Plaza, the high school and at each entrance to Cedaredge along Highway 65.
Board members consulted with others in the community on the project to ensure it would be appropriate. And, as he has done on other noteworthy projects that have enhanced the community for residents and visitors alike, architect Will Snowdon helped the foundation with guidance on how to do the project right.
"In September of this year, after reviewing several design proposals and materials, the foundation contracted with Morris Monuments of Delta to construct the sign," Ahern explained.
The project was completed on Jan. 7. Some landscaping and plantings are planned around the attractive stone masonry base of the sign as weather allows.blog comments powered by Disqus