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Belmont Public Library celebrates completion of LCHIP-funded project


August 13, 2020
BELMONT The trustees of the Belmont Public Library are pleased to announce completion of a $26,760 project to clean and repair exterior brickwork. This marks the conclusion of a five year, multi-stage process to protect the exterior of the historic building.

"We are delighted to wrap up this important project to preserve our historic building," said Eileen Gilbert, library director. "The library is a beautiful and useful institution in Belmont."

Pendlebury Masonry of New Boston handled the project to clean and repair two sides of the library building, using a boom lift to inspect the chimneys. The expert masons made sure to match the historic bricks and mortar, complimenting the original masons on the sturdy design and local materials. Local mason Joe Rhodes had completed earlier phases of the restoration.

Grant recipients are required to raise a minimum of one dollar for each dollar provided by LCHIP. This project leveraged $3,475 from the library's reserve capital funds and a matching grant of $10,000 from the state's New Hampshire Conservation License Plate (Moose Plate) Program, which supports the protection of critical resources in New Hampshire, including scenic lands, historic sites and artifacts, plants and wildlife.

About Belmont Public Library

The library is currently open to the public. Check the Web site for hours. Curbside pickup is available during all open hours. The Belmont Public Library is open any time at www.belmontpubliclibrary.org, serving the community with books, digital resources, and cultural programming. In 2018, the library celebrated 90 years in the same building and 125 as Belmont's community library.

About New Hampshire's Land and Community Heritage Investment Program

The New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program is an independent state authority created by the legislature in 2000 with a legislative mandate is to ensure the perpetual contribution of natural, cultural and historic resources to the economy, environment, and quality of life in New Hampshire. LCHIP provides matching grants to New Hampshire communities and non-profits to conserve and preserve the state's most important natural, cultural and historic resources., The program has provided 466 grants which have helped to conserve more than 290,000 acres of land for food production, water quality, ecological values, timber management and recreation and supported 280 projects to rehabilitate historic structures and sites. Grants have been awarded in all parts of the state and in 167 of New Hampshire's 234 communities. Forty-six million dollars of state money has led to a total project value of more than $317 million. The money for LCHIP grants comes from fees on four documents recorded at the Registry of Deeds in every county of the state.

For more information about LCHIP, visit LCHIP.org or call 224-4113

Varney Smith
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