Local Leaders Voice Support for Library Project

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

The push to renovate and expand the Houston-Love Memorial library took another positive step forward Monday.

The Houston County Commission agreed to help pay for part of the initial phase of the project.

Supporters of the project showed up at Monday morning’s commission meeting in full force.

They were there to ask for a big chunk of change to get the ball rolling on a proposed plan.

Commissioners say times are tough, but they'll do their best to do their part.

“We can't build a library with just us out doing fundraising we've got to have some help,” said Sharman Ramsey, a Library Committee board member.

Ask and you shall receive.

“We approved up to $400,000 to make the purchase of the land.

The first part of the plan calls for the purchase of three parcels of land located on Oates Street.

The total cost: $1.4 million.

Commissioners say the community needs to foot some of the bill.

“The community needs to step up and help the library not just government. Government can't answer everything ill be honest, we do not have the funds to answer everything,” said Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver.

“I don't have to tell y'all, times are tough. And when it's tough for you all it's tough for us all,” said Culver.

Supporters of the project say the library is an essential part of the circle city.

“Our library is a unique and valuable resource it is the lifeline to the world and all the information in it,” said Buddy Wax, a Library Committee board member.

“We are proud of our community and we want to be proud of our library and so we ask you let's go through whatever we have to go through to get us that building that will make us all very proud and serve every citizen in this community,” added Ramsey.

Culver says that the county gives about $200,000 to the library each year.

He says there are still some unanswered question regarding this proposed plan, but says a plan to improve the library has the commission's full support.

Organizers hope to break ground on the expansion project some time late next year.

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