Funding next step to library project

Published 11:18 pm Tuesday, February 23, 2010

After viewing designs for new Troy Public Library, the Troy City Council said Tuesday there’s only one thing the project lacks — money.

But, hopefully that won’t be the case in the next few weeks, as the city takes a hard look at its budget for the year.

“Our move now is to decide if we can pay for it,” said Troy Mayor Jimmy Lunsford, after architects and library board members presented a design for what will be the new Troy library.

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The plans for a new 24,295 square-foot facility have been in the works for some time, and the design presented Tuesday to the council is one that library officials are proud to call their own. As proposed, the project will total around $4.5 million.

“This library was designed for Troy, Alabama,” said Chuck Jones, architect with Godwin Jones.

The library, which will be located on the old Troy High School site off Elm Street, will be built with the main entrance directly facing Walnut Street. The building will have side entrances that face both Academy and Elm Streets, with the side facing Elm Street resembling the former high school’s look.

The building will have a clock tower on top that will be visible from the downtown area.

Inside, the library will be two stories, with a front meeting room, a break room, an expanded children’s area and a large conference room. The library will also have study rooms and additional computers for Internet use, just to name some of its features.

“I think we’ve kept the building very beautiful but very cost effective,” Jones said.

“Beautiful” was the exact word Councilwoman Wanda Moultry used to describe the designs.

And, others agreed.

“I am ecstatic about the way it came out. I sincerely hope as we look at our finances, we will be ready to go in a few months,” Lunsford said.

Marsha Gaylard, president of the Pike County Economic Development Corporation, also came before the council Tuesday to let them know the long-time efforts to make Troy’s Industrial Park an AdvantageSite destination.

“It lets prospects know this Industrial Park is shovel ready. That is a huge advantage for companies on a fast-track looking for somewhere to locate,” Gaylard said.

“You have a park you can really be proud of.”

Gaylard said the project is one economic developers have been working toward for the last year, and the final results are rewarding.

“Receiving the AdvantageSite Certification is extremely rewarding,” Gaylard said.

“A lot of hours have gone into qualifying Troy’s Industrial Park South for this distinction, but it was well worth the effort.”

In other business, the council took steps to pass a resolution that will enable private businesses to keep unwanted visitors off their property.

Council President Johnny Witherington said this resolution will be advertised for four weeks and then be presented to the local legislators for their support.

If it passes, Witherington said it will allow private business owners to hire people to put wheel-locks on cars when uninvited people park in private parking.

He said while there is already those types of businesses in the county, the legislation has not been passed.

The council also made another appointment to the city’s Health Care Authority, appointing Dr. Wilton McCrae to the seventh position. Dr. Chuck Wood was appointed by the authority in the sixth spot.