More help on the way for Greenlee libraries

Greenlee County libraries got a second funding boost this month from another round of grants.

On June 5 the Greenlee County Library System, Clifton Public Library and Duncan Public Library were each awarded $4,000 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act grants through the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records.

The library system and Duncan Public Library were each awarded $5,000 CARES Act grants through the state library in May. They will use those funds for Chromebooks, virtual programming kits and sanitizing kits.

The library system will use the latest grant for a consultant to help with virtual programming and other technology. Clifton Public Library plans to install an outside security system, parking lot shade canopies and, if enough funds are left, a sneeze guard for the front desk. Duncan Public Library will add parking lot security cameras, a sneeze guard and technology help.

New lights in the works for Chase Creek

The design for a project to install new lighting on Clifton’s historic Chase Creek Street is finished. Now comes the next part — finding funds for the construction.

In December the Clifton Town Council approved the lighting project design submitted by Wright Engineering, a Chandler electrical engineering company that has designed lighting systems for parks in Mesa and Queen Creek.

The design included a cost estimate of around $100,000, according to Town Manager Rudy Perez Jr.

Perez said the Business Association of Chase Creek AZ had agreed to look into funding sources for the construction phase.

The project will replace existing light poles on Chase Creek Street from the Coronado Trail to the Greenlee County Historical Society Museum. Perez said the town planned to coordinate the project with work by Morenci Water and Electric, which is putting its electrical utility infrastructure underground later this year or early next year.

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