Target date set for finalizing new library's location
Jamestown Sun, The (ND), 2014-02-20
Feb. 20--The James River Valley Library System Library Board has set March 31 as a target date for finalizing the new library's location. The date was included as part of a timeline presented by Bill Kennedy, JRVLS development director, to the Library Board Wednesday.
The Library Board had originally planned on the old Essentia Clinic location which was sold to MetroPlains in October. It is currently looking at other options in Jamestown.
"We've narrowed our options from six to three," said Joe Rector, library director. "The most important thing is to get this right. To choose the right location for the library for Jamestown and for the county."
The board met in executive session for about 45 minutes to discuss the real estate options.
Kennedy said the selection of the library location was the first step to the process of constructing a new library that could end with a planned grand opening in September 2016.
The Library Board plans to circulate petitions to place a quarter percent sales tax on the Nov. 4 ballot soon after finalizing a location. Petition circulators would need to gain 1,452 signatures to place the issue on the ballot.
The timeline includes approaching the Jamestown City Council and the Stutsman County Commission for approval to purchase the property after the election. Closing date on the purchase is projected for Nov. 30 with groundbreaking planned for Aug. 1, 2015.
In other business, the board approved a policy allowing parents to inquire about the books checked out by their minor children.
The board also heard information on the possibility of a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to help cover the cost of a new bookmobile. The grant would be applied for through Stutsman County.
"I find this very encouraging news," Rector said.
Kennedy said the process of advertising for bids for a new bookmobile could proceed in the next two or three weeks.
Sun reporter Keith Norman can be reached at 701-952-8452 or by email at email@example.com
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