Monday, January 12, 2009

Despite $500,000 bequest, Library Trustees canceled project

When in November the Board of Trustees of the Lancaster Public Library (125 N. Duke Street) abandoned $1.6 in grants and expenditures and canceled plans to upgrade and renovate, they were aware that they had recently received a windfall bequest of over $500,000 from the Thomas Bucher Estate that could have been applied to the $1.1 to $1.3 million to complete the project.

Based on extensive interviews, their feasibility study had identified likely donors of over $2 million! And the trustee who was to oversee fund raising had been made aware of a contingent $500,000, if it were needed.