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Library raises $10k for roof repair, city gives remainder

It came as a pleasant surprise to the Bowman City Commission when the library announced it had raised over $10,000 in its one-week campaign to fix the library’s roof.

Bowman City Commission President Lyn James congratulates the library’s successful fundraising during the June 28 regular city meeting. (Pioneer Photo by Bryce Martin)
Bowman City Commission President Lyn James congratulates the library’s successful fundraising during the June 28 regular city meeting. (Pioneer Photo by Bryce Martin)

By BRYCE MARTIN
Pioneer Editor | bmartin@countrymedia.net

It came as a pleasant surprise to the Bowman City Commission when the library announced it had raised over $10,000 in its one-week campaign to fix the library’s roof.

That $10,000 was added to the library’s project fund of $32,000, with $15,000 pledged by the county, and came close to the $60,000 estimated cost for the roof.

The library was still about $3,000 short, but the city pledged the remainder.

Bowman Regional Public Library Director Sarah Snavely thanks commissioners at the June 21 Bowman City Commission meeting. (Pioneer Photo by Bryce Martin)
Bowman Regional Public Library Director Sarah Snavely thanks commissioners at the June 21 Bowman City Commission meeting. (Pioneer Photo by Bryce Martin)

The Bowman Regional Public Library’s “Raise the Roof” fundraiser began after the city had expressed doubt in being able to fulfill a request for funds at the June 7 commission meeting.

Finance Commissioner Darren Limesand had recommended during that meeting that special requests made by entities the city typically funds be carefully considered and that a 15 percent cut in those budgets could be inevitable.

After a reconsideration of the budget, Limesand happily announced at the June 28 meeting that the city would be able to assist the library after all, pulling the requested dollars from the city’s maintenance fund.

“We live in a wonderful community,” Sarah Snavely, library director, said during the meeting.

The library’s roof has been problematic over the last few years. Standing water on the roof’s flat surface has caused leaking and it becomes worse during the winter months as heavy snowfall thaws.

A silent auction was held, organized by the library’s board of directors and volunteers, with community members donating over 100 items. Together with private donations, the auction netted $10,000 in just seven days.

“It just shows how much people care about the library,” said Lyn James, city commission president.