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Library board moves ahead with ceiling project
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrence Public Library Board plans to invite Architecture & Design Group to its next meeting to discuss proposed ceiling and lighting improvements for the library.

The Mt. Carmel firm presented an initial proposal in November for work that would include the installation of a new acoustical tile suspended ceiling along with the demolition of existing light fixtures and their replacement with modern LED lights. The preliminary estimate for the project is $75,315.

During Tuesday night's monthly meeting, member John White presented a report from accountant Dave Weger outlining the library's projected income and expenses through June 2023.

Weger anticipates revenue will exceed expenses over the next three years. The final payment on a current bond issue will be made by June 2022 and Weger estimates the library will end June 2023 with a net cash flow of $47,563.13.

During the discussion, White said switching to the LED lighting fixtures would provide an annual savings of $2,000 for the library. He noted the cost for the project will continue to increase the longer it is delayed.

The upcoming meeting with ADG would give board members an opportunity to ask additional questions, and if they decide to proceed, the chance to explore possible funding options, which could include utilizing monies from the Richard "Dick" Poppe bequest.

In other business:

• The Friends of the Library raised $800 through its recent mini book and bake sale. The funds will be used to support the Summer Reading program.

• Work is continuing to prepare the elevator for its upcoming inspection. Otis Elevator has been addressing the issues.

• A $184,000 CD will mature at the end of this month. Library Director Dianne Brumley said she had reviewed interest rates at various banks. Casey State Bank offered the highest rate at 2 percent for a 12- or 18-month CD. Members agreed to put the funds into a 12-month CD with the institution.

• Debra Ann Miller will present "A Tale of Beatrix Potter" at 7 p.m. on March 11.

• The next meeting of the Lawrence Public Library Board is scheduled for 7 p.m., March 17.



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