Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Local News

October 9, 2013

Library bids much too high

Oct. 9, 2013 — The Carter County Public Library opened renovation bids last week and quickly realized a new is needed.

Earlier this year, the library board borrowed money to purchase the old Houck Furniture building on Main Street in Grayson.

The old building is in need of a number of renovations in order to be used as a public library.

Plans were prepared and bids were sought for that work but the results were disappointing, according to Barbara Davis, library board chair.

She reported the bids were much higher than expected.

“The lowest bid was $159,500 plus and the second was more than $187,000,” Davis said. “When we came to, we realized that wasn't possible.”

At present, the library has about $32,000 on hand for the renovations.

“The capacity of that building is more than 100 and it is considered an assembly classification in the state building code,” Davis explained. “With that kind of a public building, we have to follow more restrictions from the state.”

At this point, Davis said the board needs to do more fund raising and evaluate alternative plans.

“I personally hate to break the project down, because it makes it more difficult for fund raising,” she added. “I don't know how the public will accept that but we certainly don't want to close the Grayson branch or cut the services or programs we offer.”

Davis said the library board and its friends organization will need to put a plan into action as soon as possible.

“We are paying $1,200 a month where we are now, and we now have the loan to repay as well,” Davis said. “I would like for the people to understand that we want to give the best service we can. We are trying for quality and convenience.”

The board chose the Main Street building for its size and location for patrons. However, with the renovations at a halt, a public meeting may be called for brainstorming purposes.

The next regular meeting of the library board is set for Tuesday, Nov. 5.

To make a tax deductible gift to the CCPL Building Fund, mail checks to CCPL, PO Box 1040, Olive Hill, KY 41164.

Leeann Akers can be reached at or by calling 474-5101.

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