The West Tisbury Library Foundation has completed its $1.8 million fundraising goal for the new library project.
At the selectmen’s meeting Wednesday, foundation members presented a ceremonial check to the board. The $1.8 million was raised in three years.
Foundation chairman Hunter Mormon called it “a tremendously cooperative effort.”
Construction on the $6 million project began last December and is slated for completion early next year. The town was awarded a $3 million state grant in 2011. Town voters appropriated $1.5 million at the annual town meeting last year.
Selectman and board chairman Richard Knabel thanked the foundation members.
“We have to express our gratitude to the foundation for having done an absolutely stupendous job,” he said. “This has gone so well and you have worked at it so hard and so long. It’s gratifying that everybody has a smile on their face. Thank you, and keep up the good work.”
Selectman Jeffrey (Skipper) Manter 3rd agreed.
“The town is grateful and extremely beneficial,” he said. “I can’t wait for the ribbon cutting so we can all walk in that door together.”