South Oldham Library has room to grow

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By Laura Hagan

After the recent expansion and renovation of the Oldham County Public Library’s main branch, it looks as if the library hopes to do something similar with it’s South Oldham location.
Oldham officials voted Tuesday to allow the library board to move forward in studying a possible expansion to the South Oldham branch. Library Director Susan Eubank asked the court to consider donating or leasing the space between the current South Oldham Library and the government center for an expansion of the library’s facility.
The government center on Ky. 146 – the former home of the South Oldham Fire Department –  is owned by Oldham County.
Judge-executive Duane Murner said the land hasn’t yet been surveyed, which the library board would need to pay for.
He said there is also a fair amount of civil engineering work to be done that the library would also need to pay for.
The court’s vote Tuesday basically gives permission to the library to begin conducting the necessary surveys and once they’re done, the incoming court will decide whether or not to give the property to the library.
Murner abstained from the vote, as his wife, Anne, is on the library board.
He said the vote isn’t  binding, just an encouragement to the library board from the fiscal court.
Judge-executive elect David Voegele said he agrees the court should look into allowing the expansion.
“I think it’s very worthwhile we give them the opportunity to solve these engineering issues and expand library services within the county,” he said.

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