The Boone Area Library is getting a new roof thanks to a cooperative effort between Birdsboro Borough Council and J. P. Mascaro & Sons, the owner of the Pioneer Crossing Landfill.
The library roofing project is estimated at $23,500 — money the library does not have.
Boone Area Library director Michelle Kehoe said the library has been in need of a new roof for several years, with library staff doing battle with leaks by moving buckets from place to place within the 11,000-square-foot facility at 129 N. Mill Street in Birdsboro.
Borough resident, recreation board member and library supporter Jim Arms reached out to Pat Mascaro, president of J.P, Mascaro & Sons and explained the need and the lack of sufficient public funds available to complete the project.
The company stepped forward and offered to contribute $15,000, or 70 percent, of the project cost. That left about $8,000 that needed to be found to finish the project. The balance of the money will come from the per-ton “Proximity Impact Fee” that Mascaro pays the borough every month for each ton of waste disposed of at its Pioneer Crossing Landfill located just outside the borough limits in Exeter.
“Our company is extremely pleased to support this worthwhile community project and to jointly work with the borough to provide an essential upgrade to the library facility,” said Mascaro. “As a local family-owned company, we are committed to our business, to our employees and to the local community. There are times when a municipality like Birdsboro, needs help from the private sector on a public community project, and this is one of those times. Our company is happy to participate.”
Birdsboro Borough Manager Aaron Durso said borough council agreed at its April 8 meeting to direct up to $8,000 from those impact fees to help fund the remainder of the project.
In addition, Kehoe said she and the library board have plans to talk with Amity and Union township officials to see if they would be able to contribute to the remaining $8,000. The Boone Area Library serves those two communities, as well. Kehoe said any amount those municipalities might be able to contribute would be deducted from the total Birdsboro has agreed to pay.
“I thought it was extremely generous on his part to step in and do that,” Kehoe said of Mascaro’s decision to make the contribution. “He doesn’t have to give back to the community, but he does give generously back to the community of Birdsboro.”
Kehoe said that J.P. Mascaro already donates $15,000 per year to the library to help with general operating expenses. Over the last five years, the company has donated a total of $75,000 to the library for expenses.
The work on the library roof, which began April 19, is being done by Hopewell Contracting of Geigertown.
“We’re not doing a total roof replacement, just replacing some of the oldest sections where we’re seeing leaks,” Kehoe said.