Council Agrees to Help With Funds for New City Library

Apr 25th, 2013 | By admin | Category: Top Story

BY LEE “CAT” McLANE

Editor/Publisher

Clay Goff speaks to the Beebe City Council about the possibility of a new library in the city.

Clay Goff speaks to the Beebe City Council about the possibility of a new library in the city.

Clay Goff spoke to the Beebe City Council Monday night seeking funds to help build a new library in the city. Goff told the council that the White County Library Board - which he serves on, in addition to being president of First Security Bank in Beebe - has received a grant for a 3500 sq. ft. library but the project will need an additional $100,000 from the city.

Usage of the current city library - which is a branch of the White County Library System - saw 44,750 check-outs in 2012 (including books, DVD’s, magazines, etc.); 21,600 people visited in 2012; and 452 new library cards were issued in 2012.  There are more than 2,000 e-books available and any book in any state library can be obtained through our local library. In their children’s program, 951 were in attendance four years ago and this past year there were 2,128 participating in the program. The current number of computers in the library is 3-4 and in the new library there will be 6-7 computers.  The new library will have a children’s area, a teen area and more.

“Everyone in this room would like this,” Mayor Mike Robertson responded to Goff’s request for the additional funding. “We could fulfill our part in making this work. I know the citizens will appreciate that! We can’t wait to break ground on this.”  The location will be on the grounds of City Hall.

“Leroy Goff, my dad, will donate his time, labor and expertise to build this library,” Clay said.

The council unanimously approved to spend the amount needed to assist in completing the project of the 3500 s.f. library.

If you would like to be a part of this project you could donate money to this project. You can send your check to: White County Library/Beebe Branch, 115 W. Illinois, Beebe, AR 72012.  Goff said that if all goes well, they expect to break ground within a few months.

In other action, the council:

•  Approved paying $36,486 to the Ark. Highway Dept. for widening ASU-Beebe Boulevard;

•   Approved paying $5,796.87 to Jacksonville Athletics for softball and baseball uniforms and equipment;

•  Approved a 3% pay raise, retroactive to Jan., for Judy Chandler - court clerk;

•  Went into executive session and when back in regular session, approved hiring extra people for the parks and police department. Misty Goss was hired as an officer for the police dept. to replace Brian Hightower - who has left the dept.  In the parks department, extra seasonal personnel were hired to help in the concession stand and lifeguards were hired for the pool.