Brundidge library project nears end

Published 10:39 pm Thursday, May 20, 2010

The expansion of the Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library in Brundidge is nearly finished.

“We’re getting down pretty close and we’re pretty much right on money-wise,” City Manager Britt Thomas said in a city council meeting Thursday.

Thomas said that the doors were in and workers are currently painting.

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He encouraged city council members to take a look at the addition if they haven’t already.

Thomas was optimistic about plans to furnish the library as well.

After its last meeting, the council agreed to apply for a grant from the USDA Rural Development division, which would be used to purchase objects such as furniture, bookshelves and other non-construction items.

“We have had two contacts this week from the USDA,” Thomas said Thursday.

One of those was a representative asking for more details and explanations regarding the application, but the second was more promising.

“Today we had a phone call from the representative to schedule a public hearing,” Thomas said.

The hearing, which will take place during the next council meeting June 1, is the next step in the process of attaining the grant.

While nothing is official Thomas said the grant might not be far away.

“I’m cautiously optimistic that that’s going to be successful.”

The approximately $126,000 grant will require about a $40,000 match by the city.

Thomas said that funds already awarded to the city through a separate grant by the Alabama Public Library Service, could be used for the match.