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Calipatria awards contract to double size of library

June 26, 2002|By DARREN SIMON

Staff Writer

CALIPATRIA — The City Council here Tuesday awarded a contract totaling nearly $150,000 to an El Centro firm to double the city library's size.

By a 4-0 vote, the council hired Tenant Space Inc. to do the expansion project. Mayor Royal Sage was absent from the meeting.

Initially city officials had set aside money to rebuild the bathrooms in Meyer Memorial Library on Main Street. City officials later decided a library expansion was in order to save money.

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The city has paid $2,400 a month for modular buildings connected to the main library. By expanding the facility, the city would cut that expense. The project will consist of adding about 1,000 square feet to the library.

Teri Woelke, who runs the library, said the expansion will allow for the separation of the library into adult and children's sections and will provide more space for the library's computer services and for an expansion of the reference section.

Woelke said she wants to see an area set aside where adults can come into the library and read quietly.

Woelke added she would like to see the expansion done by the time school starts again.

Funding for the library project, projected to cost $149,477 as per the contract with TSI, will come from the city's Community Development Block Grant fund.

The Calipatria library is part of the county's system of libraries and the county will provide about $70,000 toward the project.

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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