St. George to vote on accepting gifts

Land formerly intended for library and funds to maintain Fisherman's Memorial offered to town
By Juliette Laaka | Jan 04, 2013

St. George — A special town meeting has been slated for Monday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. for residents to vote whether to accept land previously intended for a new library on Main Street.

Town Manager John Falla said the property — located on Main Street across from the current library site — was purchased by the town several years ago and gifted to the library for a new structure.

The Jackson Memorial Library received a donation of an existing building — the former Grace Youth Center — by the Lillius Gilchrest Grace Institute in early July.

The building is 5 years old and sits on eight acres of land next to the St. George School.

Renovations of the building are under way and the library is expected to relocate to the new location in June.

As the land is no longer needed for the new space, the library is willing to gift the land back to the municipality, said Falla. He added he isn't sure of if or how the town will utilize the land — whether to sell it or to create a park, among other options.

In addition, the current library building, at the corner of Main and Juniper Street, is owned by the town. Falla said nothing will be addressed as far as building use until the library has vacated the site.

"There are no answers, just questions," he said.

In addition, citizens will also decide whether to accept a $13,000 donation to be trusted for future repairs, and cleaning of the Fisherman's Memorial in Port Clyde. The money is what remains after the construction of the memorial and is intended to maintain it in perpetuity.

Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.

 

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