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MARTIN (November 8) — The Martin City Board, representatives of USDA Rural Development, Martin Public Library Foundation members, Friends of the Library, and Library Consultant David Warren …
MARTIN (November 8) — The Martin City Board, representatives of USDA Rural Development, Martin Public Library Foundation members, Friends of the Library, and Library Consultant David Warren participated in a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new library in Martin on Friday, November 8.
The new, modern library will cost just over $14 million and will be built on the former site of the Regional Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Center (REED Center) building, located at North Lindell Street in Martin. With a commitment from the Martin Library Foundation to provide $1.5 million, and a $100,000 library grant, the total cost for the new library will be $11,950,709.The city has a commitment from the Martin Library Foundation to provide $1.5 million and a $100,000 library grant.According to Mayor Randy Brundige, construction of the new Martin Public Library is scheduled to begin in January, and will take approximately 1.5 years to complete. The Mayor said it is the biggest project undertaken by the city and comes after a new police and fire department.
Barger Construction Company of Yuma was awarded the construction bid.
Dr. Nick Dunagan, president of the Martin Public Library Foundation was the emcee for the event on a cold Friday at 1 p.m.
The speakers included Dunagan, Mayor Brundige, Jim Tracy, who is the State Director of USDA Rural Development, Dr. Nancy Hinds, chairman of the C.E. Weldon Library Board of Directors, and David Warren, a library consultant, who was reared in Martin and has worked with libraries and developed other libraries.
Martin Board of Aldermen approved the contract. The aldermen include: Danny Nanney, Scott Robbins, David Belote, Marvin Flatt, Terry Hankins, and Randy Edwards.