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3/25/2020 12:18:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Library board discusses funding for lighting
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Board of Trustees at the Lawrence Public Library appears to be ready to spend up to $100,000 on a ceiling and lighting project, with only a method of paying for it standing in the way.

Plans call for replacing the ceiling on the upper floor of the building, along with lighting, emergency lighting and exit lighting.

"The board has decided to think about this a little bit more," said Mike Neal, President of the Board of Directors. "I think we all think it's a very good project. Right now, though, we want to try and decide what would be the best means of paying for it."

Tim Raibley, representing Architecture & Design Group, Mt. Carmel, was on hand at the March 17 meeting of the board to discuss preliminary plans. By his estimate, the construction cost would be about $75,000. Architectural fees, as well as a 10 percent "contingency fee" could raise the final cost to $90,000 to $100,000, he said.

Neal notes that the board has options when it comes to paying for the project. It could use the remaining money that was left from the estate of Richard Poppe - nearly $50,000 - and borrow the rest. Or, the board could choose to borrow the full amount.

"Do we want to use some of the Poppe bequest? Do we want to borrow some, and if we do, we need to know the terms of that," Neal said

The matter will be turned over to the board's finance committee, which is expected to come up with a recommendation before the next meeting on April 21.

In other business:

• At the urging of Lawrence County Health Department administrator Amy Marley, and upon the recommendation of library director Dianne Brumley, the board approved closing the building, beginning March 19 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The closure will remain in effect until April 1, or until further notice.

• Brumley reported that the elevator in the building was in good working order.

• Brumley reported that an audience of 26 was in attendance on March 11, when Debra Ann Miller visited and portrayed English author Beatrix Potter.

• The next meeting of the Lawrence Public Library Board of Directors will be at 7 p.m., April 21.



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