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Published January 27, 2011, 09:48 PM

GF Library Board To Recommend Existing Site

The Grand Forks Library Board is recommending to build the proposed new library on the existing site. Now the Grand Forks Public Library Board is ready for the City Council.

The Grand Forks Library Board is recommending to build the proposed new library on the existing site.

"This is really going to happen. We can see the process has come a long way," said Susan Mickelson, the Library Board President.

Now the Grand Forks Public Library Board is ready for the City Council.

"Our request to council will be to accept our recommendations and we would like them to choose a special election date," said Mickelson.

On January 27, the board unanimously decided to recommend the proposed new library be built a little north of the current library.

The estimated project cost would be over $20.8 million. This recommendation puts months of site analyses to an end.

"The existing site was an option and in this case it turned out to be the best option," Mickelson.

"It would allow this library to maintain function while the one is being built," said Building Committee President, Jeff Regimbal.

The library board will give its recommendations to the city council at a special meeting on January 31. Beyond that, it is up to the council to bring this story to chapter two.

"Passing the ball to the city council and now the library project will be under their control until we can get to the point where it is on the ballot and we all get to vote yes on the library," said Mickelson.

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