ELLSWORTH — The historic heart of the city’s public library will soon be getting new windows, which are expected to cut down on energy costs and also reduce the amount of outside noise entering the building.
Ron Fortier, chairman of the Ellsworth Public Library’s board of trustees, said in a news release that a contract for the window replacement in the Tisdale House portion of the library has been awarded to King Construction Services Inc. of Jonesport and Ellsworth.
Fortier said the new windows will result in lower heating and cooling costs, because they are more energy-efficient, “as well as less sound transmission” from the traffic flow on neighboring State Street.
Because the Tisdale House is an historic building, the Ellsworth Historic Preservation Commission reviewed and approved the new windows. Fortier said they are being designed to duplicate the existing original windows in appearance.
Fortier said the trustees have been putting money aside in capital improvement funds for years to pay for this project. As a result, he said, the trustees “do not anticipate any added taxpayer funds being needed for this project” in the coming fiscal year.
Money also was received from private donors through annual appeal mailings and events, Fortier said, to “assist us in preserving and protecting the Tisdale House.” Additional work being looked at in the near future includes replacement of the window shutters, painting in the spring and other upgrades.
Work on the window replacement is expected to start either in December or in early spring, Fortier said, “depending on window delivery and weather conditions.”