News From Terre Haute, Indiana

February 21, 2012

Library board agrees to $200K from reserves for building renovations

Staff Writer
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — The Vigo County Public Library has an appointment for a big interior facelift.

The library’s board of directors voted Monday to approve using up to $200,000 from the Library Improvement Reserve Fund to pay for major renovations to the inside of the building, including the lobby and basement meeting rooms.

Board members voted without opposition to use LIRF funds to pay for the renovations, which are expected to cost about $164,000 and should begin in July.

Matthew Holder and Brian Price of Holder Design showed the board members, meeting at the library, a drawing of the proposed renovations for the lobby. They also showed carpet and flooring samples to the board. The carpet is designed for high-traffic areas and has an expected life-span of up to 20 years, they said.

The renovations are designed to complement the library’s anticipated self-checkout system, which is expected to be in place by July.

• Also Monday, the board heard a presentation from Dr. Kayar Patel and Christie Lee to include library employees in a health care “wellness” clinic. The clinic would offer the same services of any primary care doctor but at a reduced cost, especially in the long-run as patients avoid costly trips to the hospital, Patel told the board, adding such a clinic already exists for employees of the Vigo County School Corp.

Board president Andrea Myers said the board would review the information provided by Patel.

• Finally, the board received two grants from the Wabash Valley Community Foundation. The grants, for $510 and $379, were for children’s’ literacy and “general support,” said Jackie Lower, president of the Community Foundation Board, who presented the grants.