Could the Fern Creek Library be reopening? Area’s Metro Council members discussing possibility


COMMERCE. THE FERN CREEK LIBRARY CLOSED ON
JUNE 1, NO THANKS TO RISING
PENSION COSTS AND SUBSEQUENT
BUDGET CUTS. REPUBLICAN METRO COUNCILMAN
ROBIN ENGEL SAYS IT’S TIME TO
FIGHT BACK, BECAUSE FERN CREEK
WON’T BE THE LAST LIBRARY ON THE
CHOPPING BLOCK.>>I WILL TELL YOU THAT THE DAYS
OF CLOSING LIBRARIES ARE NOT
OVER, SO OUR FRIENDS ON THE
OTHER OF THE AISLE ARE GOING TO
NEED US AS WELL, BECAUSE WE ARE
GOING TO REOPEN LIBRARIES AND CONTINUE TO FUND LIBRARIES. JULIE: ENGEL SAYS THIS YEAR’S
BUDGET ALLOTS $125,000 TO REOPEN
A LIBRARY IN FERN CREEK. BUT IT’S ESTIMATED A NEW
FACILITY WOULD COST UPWARDS OF
$3 MILLION TO BUILD. HE SAYS HE’S LOOKING AT VACANT
FACILITIES IN THE AREA, AS WELL
AS NEW CONSTRUCTION AND WILL BE
, SEEKING OUT GRANTS AND MONEY
FROM METRO GOVERNMENT TO FUND
IT.>>I COULDN’T TELL YOU WHAT THE
NEXT NUMBER WILL BE, BUT
REPUBLICANS POOL THEIR RESOURCES
TO DO BIG THINGS. AND THE NEXT THING WOULD BE A
FERN CREEK LIBRARY. JULIE: BEFORE THAT HAPPENS, THE
FRIENDS OF THE FERN CREEK
LIBRARY WANT TO GET PEOPLE
READING. ONCE A MONTH, THEY’LL HOST FERN
CREEK LIBRARY DAYS ALLOWING
, PEOPLE TO DONATE OLD BOOKS AND
PICK UP NEW ONES AS WELL AS
PARTICIPATE IN CHILDREN’S STORY
TIME AND AN ADULT BOOK CLUB. THE EFFORT WILL BE FUNDED WITH
$3,000 FROM THE COUNCIL’S
DISCRETIONARY NEIGHBORHOOD FUND
AND WILL BE HELD AT THE CHAMBER
, ON BARDSTOWN ROAD. ENGEL AND ALL INVOLVED IN THE
PROJECT ARE HOPING FOR A BIG
TURNOUT OF DONATED BOOKS AND
READERS WHEN THE PROGRAM
LAUNCHES NOVEMBER 7. AND ENGEL SAYS HE’LL KEEP
PUSHING FOR A MORE PERMANENT
SOLUTION.>>WE WILL FUND THIS LIBRARY,
AND WE WILL SEE IN THE F

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