Education board OKs library relocation
February 18. 2014 2:40PM
The Dell Rapids Library Board will pay $900 a month to use the old elementary school building while utility work and renovations are done at the Carnegie Public Library this spring and summer.
Negotiations between the library board and the Dell Rapids Board of Education began earlier this year ahead of the $1.05-million renovation and expansion project slated to start at the library this year. Those discussions were finalized during the school board’s regular meeting Monday, Feb. 10.
Starting with an asking price of $1,000 per month for the 5,000- to 6,000-square feet the library board wants to use in the unoccupied school building, the school board’s price point was countered with an offer of $800.
“The amount of money we’ve raised for our addition and renovation to the library is really going to be spent on that renovation and addition,” said Sharon Judd, library board member. “We’re looking for ways to save as much as we can during this process.”
School board president Tom Morris said based on what the school’s finance office estimated it costs to operate the facility each month – about $1 per square foot – he thought $1,000 was fair because it ensures utility costs are covered.
“The used car dealer in me says … split the difference,” he said.
Judd agreed to $900 per month for a lease to run no longer than eight months.
All inventory at the Dell Rapids Carnegie Library – more than 30,000 books, magazines, CDs and other publications and all shelving, desks and technology equipment – will be moved to five classrooms in the northeast corner of the old elementary school by May 15. The agreement includes access to one set of bathrooms and hallway space.
The library will use its own custodians, not school employees, and will be covered under its own insurance policy.