New regional library location OK’d
by Justin Larson
August 17, 2014 12:00 AM | 3557 views | 3 3 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cobb County Commissioner Helen Goreham surveys the six-acre plot of land the board purchased at Tuesday night’s Board of Commissioners meeting in hopes of building a regional library across from North Cobb High School with, if passed, 2016 SPLOST funds. <br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Cobb County Commissioner Helen Goreham surveys the six-acre plot of land the board purchased at Tuesday night’s Board of Commissioners meeting in hopes of building a regional library across from North Cobb High School with, if passed, 2016 SPLOST funds.
Staff/Kelly J. Huff
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ACWORTH — The Cobb County Board of Commissioners agreed this week to spend $800,000 for the site of a new regional library in Acworth.

No one spoke in opposition to the purchase of a six-acre tract at the corner of Old Highway 41 and Blue Springs Road, which was approved by a 4-0-1 vote, Tuesday, with Commissioner JoAnn Birrell absent.

The $8.6 million library would be paid with funds collected through a special purpose local option sales tax, if voters agree to extend the six-year tax in November.

Commissioner Helen Goreham said the addition of the proposed library is long overdue.

“The existing libraries have become too small to effectively provide services for the cities’ increasing populations,” Goreham said. “They’re reaching critical mass.”

She said Kennesaw’s library is the sixth busiest in the system and the fifth busiest in terms of computer usage, but only has 5,000 square feet to work with.

The Acworth Public Library is only 3,000 square feet.

The new library would be about 30,000 square feet and include meeting rooms, a black box theater, the latest computer technology and a large children’s section for youth reading programs.

The two existing libraries would close and be consolidated into the regional library, Acworth Mayor Tommy Allegood said. He is looking forward to a library that will better serve the two cities, he added

“The new library is going to offer so many more services to the citizens in our community,” he said. “The county has carefully analyzed the library service needs for Acworth, Kennesaw and Cobb County and has determined replacement of the two libraries with a regional library will best serve the needs of citizens in Cobb.”

With approval granted, the county will conduct an investigation into the property owned by Synovus Bank. There will be a land survey, soil tests, property appraisal, title search and environmental work studies. The county will be handling the investigation. Funding for the inspection was authorized by the commissioners to come from the county’s general fund.

The inspection should begin in several weeks, and based on the results, the county could close on the property in October, spokesman Robert Quigley said. Construction will start when the purchase is complete and should take eight months.



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Shelly Browne
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August 18, 2014
The citizens of Kennesaw have told the Library boards over and over through the years that they do not want their little library closed. There is a reason that it is the busiest and the most loved. What does it matter the size, when you can order any book through the system at home and come pick it up in just a few days -- no library will have every book on the shelf. The beauty of the Kennesaw and Acworth libraries is how small they are and the way people can walk to them. I never drive to the west cobb regional library although it's cool to have so many books. Leave our libraries alone!!
the facts are
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August 18, 2014
So, the BoC agrees to purchase of the land, conduct an investigation in preparation for purchase, then build a new regional library IF the 2016 SPLOST is approved by we, the people, in November. It would seem that money is being spent now in anticipation (or certainty) that the SPLOST referendum will be approved by the voters. So how many other projects are being used as the dangling carrot to entice the voters to approve the SPLOST? And IF the SPLOST is defeated, why did the county expend any money toward any anticipated purchase for any project?

Bill in Kennesaw
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August 17, 2014
I have been critical of how this library system has been run for 3 years.

Below is one post from my blog site FYI. This is not the only issue, I also write about how overpaid the top 4 people are and how the library system sells donated books rather than putting on the shelves. Here from Wednesday, March 28, 2012 is my comment of that time, it is still correct today:

Nothing changes, books pile up unread

Months have passed and the nonsense of keeping 8-13 books of the same title at the Regional Library continues.

When such large numbers of books end up on the shelves of the various Regional Libraries then it is time to send some of the overage out to the community libraries, there is not a hope in heck that there is going to be a rush on any of those books that have 8-13 copies on hand. The only thing these books due is to collect dust.

Let's get them out to the smaller libraries where they have a chance of being read.

The way it is done now wastes our tax dollars and if the brass downtown can't figure this out then it is time for some of them to retire and let someone with common sense take their positions. In this economy we should be cutting the top administrators pay and using the money to run the libraries.

See my blog site at: http://cobbcountylibrary.blogspot.com/
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