Library construction plans back on track

By Brittany Wise -

Grayson County Public Library Director Lisa Jones updated the Fiscal Court last Friday on the plans for the construction of a new local library – plans that had been shelved for a time.

“This has been a long road,” Jones told the group, “but the train is back on track.”

The nearly five million dollar project is currently being reviewed for approval in Frankfort, and Jones said she anticipates that the Library Board will be accepting bids for the construction this fall.

While there were some speed bumps along the way which held off progress for some time, County Attorney Clay Ratley explained that the hang-ups were “due to no fault of the library.”

The new structure will be located on a parcel of land near the Judicial Building on Carroll Gibson Boulevard, which the county is giving the library in exchange for their current building and lot on East Market Street.

The county is handing over approximately five acres of land, and will be allowing the library to remain in its current location until the new building is move-in ready.

The cost of construction and furnishing the new library will be largely covered by a USDA Rural Development grant in the amount of $4.6 million. The remaining $300,00 – $400,000 will come from funds the Library Board has worked to save for this purpose, Jones said.

Jones went on to express to the court that the library board is “so thankful for the support” the county has offered throughout the planning stages.

By Brittany Wise

Reach Brittany Wise at 270-259-9622 ext. 2014.

Reach Brittany Wise at 270-259-9622 ext. 2014.

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