DELPHOS — The wheels keep turning for the Delphos Public Library’s handicap ramp project. The Board of Trustees unanimously agreed to move $15,000 of the library’s contingency funds to the Building Improvements account to ensure sufficient monies area available for the project.

Weigandt Development of Minster won the bid for the ramp project at $47,041.52. One other bid was submitted by Johnson Laux Construction for $62,094.25.

After two years of searching for someone to take on the handicap ramp project, IAP, a firm that works for the State of Ohio, was obtained by the library to help with the process. IAP will also serve as the project manager at the library’s pleasure for 7 percent of the project cost, which is included in the Weigandt bid.

The ramp will be installed on the south side of the library to provide access to an existing door on the second floor. Several parking spaces will be lost but there may be room for a new handicap parking place near the ramp, according to Library Director Kelly Rist.

The ramp is needed because a chair lift giving handicap access to a room in the basement is no longer functional, unable to be repaired and it is cost-prohibitive to install an elevator for access to that area of the library.

To replace that space for programming, handicap access will be provided to the original Carnegie portion of the library with the ramp.

The board had also explored construction of a ramp inside the library but that was also cost-prohibitive.

Soft seating and some other furniture will be purchased for the newly-opened space.

The library will request approval of the 2020 tax budget from the Delphos City Schools Board of Education on Monday. The board is the financial officer for the library.

Rist also announced the kick off for the Summer Reading Program is set for June 4 with programming starting on June 10. This year’s theme if “A Universe of Stories.”

Interactive movie days are June 22 — “Leggo Movie 2”; and July 13 ‚ “Zathura.” Movies start at 9:30 a.m.

Parents and/or guardians can subscribe to the library’s Summer Read Text Blasts to be reminded of programs and notified in case of emergency cancellations. Text SUMMERREAD to 84483.

The library is also the recipient of a $500 Midwest Electric Grant to be used for dementia kits.