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Milner library moving along

By Kay S. Pedrotti The Milner Library Board last week approved preliminary steps for construction to begin on the Milner library during a meeting with regional library manager Natalie Marshall of Griffin. The Department of Corrections construction crew will initially prepare a packed, level ‘dirt pad’ on which to pour the library’s foundation, said board member Harold Wilson. Soil testing allowed the use of dirt from the site to be used for the pad, ‘saving us a lot of money,’ Wilson said. The project architect will now alter the building plans to take out the basement, Wilson said, and lower the building about two feet to allow entrance at ground level. Cost of DOC construction will be $936,000, considerably less than any private bids received. The price includes a 10% contingency and ‘cabinet furniture’ such as the reception counter and work space in the book preparation room. It does not include landscaping or parking lot construction after the building is complete, Wilson said, but the board is ready to ‘address those needs when the time comes.’ A group of Friends of the Milner Library worked since 2004 to raise funds for the building, and contributed $220,000 in matching funds to the state’s $780,000 grant, for a total of $1 million. A special feature of the library will be a community room that could be used as a voting precinct and for local events. Wilson added that the cleanup of concrete from the former site of the United Bank building will not cost the city, because ‘the landfill takes that kind of stone and then the county uses it when they need it.’ The old bank building, sold to local resident Richard Smith, was moved on July 30. Construction supervisor for the project will be Reggie Daniel of Daniel Construction in Thomaston. Other members of the library board are George Weldon, Saralyn Fountain, Chase Idol and Scott Mayfield. ’We’re very excited now that things are coming together for the building,’ Wilson said. ‘It’s been a long struggle but we know it will be worth it for Milner, for everyone from students to seniors. Having a library will also be a factor in drawing businesses and residents to Milner.’

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