Tupper Lightfoot achieves Gold Level Standard

Published 9:31 pm Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library in Brundidge has been awarded the Gold Level Standard Award by the Public Library Division of the Alabama Library Association.

Theresa Trawick, library director, addressed the Brundidge City Council at its Tuesday meeting and expressed appreciation to the city administration and council for providing the support that made it possible for the library to receive the Gold Level Standard Award, which is the highest level of achievement attainable by a public library in Alabama.

The public libraries that achieve the Gold Level Standard Award serve as benchmarks of excellence for other libraries in the state.

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“The Alabama Public Library Standards of Achievement recognizes superior planning and levels of excellence,” Trawick said. “The standards are very high and many public libraries in cities of our size don’t have the income needed to meet the standards.

“We greatly appreciate the support that ‘Tupper’ receives from the city. That support makes it possible for our public library to provide quality services for our expanded area, which includes about 6,000 people.”

Brundidge Mayor Isabell Boyd expressed appreciate to Trawick and her staff for setting and achieving standards of excellence.

In new business, the council considered its options for application for a FY2019 Community Development Block Grant.

Brundidge City Manager Britt Thomas said water and sewer applications usually receive top priority. However, the city’s priorities and its best opportunity for funding would be a combination application for the removable of blighted structures and for the installation of 6-inch waterlines to replace outdated 4-inch waterlines on Oak, Ramage and Lee streets.

Thomas said making a decision at its Tuesday meeting would put Brundidge ahead of the game in making application to meet the July 1 deadline.

The council voted to accept Thomas’ recommendation.

Lois Vesbach and David Fillion, residents of Oak Street, appeared before the council to express their concern about a specific blighted structure. They expressed appreciation that the city is applying for a grant to remove blighted structures citywide.

The council voted to cancel the council’s regular meeting on May 7. Council members and administrative staff will attend the Alabama League of Municipalities Annual Convention in Mobile May 4-7. The meeting will end at noon on May 7. The council meets at 6 p.m.

The next meeting of the Brundidge City Council will be at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 21 at Brundidge City Hall. The meetings are open to the public.