Perry library to get $2.4 million in upgrades

chwright@macon.comOctober 1, 2013 

PERRY -- JMA Architecture Inc. will design upcoming renovations of and an addition to the Perry Public Library, after Houston County commissioners approved a recommendation from the Houston County Public Library Board.

Commissioners voted unanimously to accept the library board’s recommendation Tuesday at nearly a three-hour meeting that also addressed final change orders for two road projects and rights-of-way related to the Ga. 96 widening.

Commissioner Larry Thomson said the Perry library project may start at the beginning of next year. He said a construction manager will be hired, then Perry-based JMA will begin the design process. According to minutes from the library board’s meeting where they selected JMA, a house on the property behind the library will be demolished. The minutes state the board recently purchased the property.

The state has contributed $1.6 million to the project. With $800,000 from the 2006 special purpose local option sales tax, the project has a $2.4 million budget.

Thomson said the library is more than four decades old.

“It needs this to help the library flourish,” Thomson said, adding 60,000 residents go to Houston County libraries every month.

Commissioners also unanimously approved two change orders for additional materials needed to increase the structural integrity of roads.

An additional $244,000 was approved to pay for the first phase of Carl Vinson Parkway, a 2001 project that has been completed. An additional $183,000 was approved for the 2006 SPLOST project of the second phase of widening Old Perry Road.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, commissioners set aside $23,400 for a boat ramp off of Ga. 96 that will be moved after the road widening.

To contact writer Christina M. Wright, call 256-9685.

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