Library System meets Million Dollar Goal towards New Libraries

By: Muriel Bailey Email
By: Muriel Bailey Email

DOTHAN, AL--The land is ready and the blue prints are drawn, the only piece missing is money.

The Wiregrass Foundation has already pledged a 3 million dollar challenge grant and other donations have been rolling in.

"The community has been very generous and we have met our million dollar goal of donations," said Houston Love Memorial Library Director Bettye Forbus.

But the pledge and donations are still short of the 7 and a half million.
The remainder is up to the city of Dothan and Houston county.
The library system has asked county commissioners for a million dollars.

"We're in the middle of our budget process and were looking at several alternatives," said Mark Culver.

Houston County commission Chairman Mark Culver says those alternatives might include in-kind services.

"If the county can provide those services like curbing and asphalt and that kind of thing that we would be paying a contractor for than their part of the project could be a combination of cash and services," said Forbus.

The system also requests 2 and a half million from the city.
Dothan city commissioners are expected to vote on the matter on July 17th.

Houston County commissioners will vote July 23rd .

"Once the city and the county formalize their votes that will release the trigger of the first million dollars from the Wiregrass Foundation," added Forbus.

The library system is confident they'll get the needed funding and plans will remain on schedule.

"It's gratifying to Know that the community wants this project, said Forbus, and that they're willing to come up with money out of their pockets."

Groundbreaking at both locations is expected in October.

Once construction begins there will be an opportunity for residents to purchase bricks that will be placed on the sidewalks outside the libraries.

Since the library system will see a budget cut next year, You can still donate to the project.

That money will go towards purchasing new and updated computers and equipment at the new locations.

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