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Library renovation on schedule with fall completion expected

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Library renovation on schedule with fall completion expected

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DEBBIE LURIE-SMITH/EDITOR Renovations underway at the Jones County Public Library are estimated to be completed in November.


An update of the renovation of the Jones County Public Library was one of the highlights of the July quarterly meeting of library’s Board of Trustees.

The July 25 meeting was called to order by board chairman Verneda Appling and the library renovation report was presented by Will Stanford with BTBB architects.

Stanford said the project was on budget and on schedule. He said projected completion date would be around Thanksgiving.

The architect said renovations always included a few surprises and he requested a change order of $5,993.49 for ceiling work and additional painting. He said the remaining project balance was $1,155,163.16.

On the income side, Stanford said Jones County would receive several Georgia Power rebates for improved energy efficiency as a result of the renovations.

Manager Leisl Hammond presented her report and started with the numbers from the Summer Reading Program. She said 232 children enrolled in the program and 133 completed it.

She said the teen reading program did not do as well but this was its first year.

Hammond said the library received a grant from Tri-County’s Operations Roundup for $750 for books to be given as reading program awards.

The library has been operating out of a temporary location in the Jones County pre-K complex at 273 Railroad Street since March but the attendance numbers have held up well.

The manager said the number of patron visits in May was 1,753, in June 2,382, and so far in July 1,450.

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Forms for the pavers are available at State Bank and at the library.

Carr said Jones County Library Christmas ornaments would also be for sale for $20 each.

Hammond announced that the new book drop had been received and Board member Frank Duke asked if the old book drop could be donated to the Jones County Veterans Committee to be used as a receptacle for tattered and worn U.S. Flags so the flags could be disposed of properly.

Duke made his request in the form of a motion and it was approved unanimously.

The next agenda item was the replacement of Board member Kema Clark, who moved to Oregon in May. Duke nominated Debbie Lurie-Smith to fill the position and the vote to approve was also unanimous.

Regional update

Middle Georgia Regional Library Director Jennifer Lautzenheiser presented a regional report. She said the financial issues for Macon/ Bibb County affected all libraries in the regional system.

“One agency can jeopardize funding for the entire region, but the state has agreed to maintain our full funding during the process of coming to an agreement with Bibb County,” she said.

Lautzenheiser said it was hoped that the funding issue would be resolved by Aug.

7. She added that the state requires every entity to have funding to cover 30 days of expenses set aside.

“We were able to maintain service in Bibb County because we had enough fund balance to use,” she said.

Appling said the Jones County Library has a small certificate of deposit that she believed may be able to cover the required amount.

Board member School Superintendent Chuck Gibson thanked Carr for her efforts with the Back to School Carnival and gave a brief back to school update.

He said in addition to the construction work at Jones County High School, all Jones County schools had some updates over the summer.

The superintendent also said JCHS would be adding a Junior ROTC Army program.

“We hope to put students in that Jan. 1,” he said.

Gibson said the new band and choral buildings at JCHS would be completed next summer.

“We’re excited about the new school year,” he said.