Wednesday June 28, 2006
Louisville Metro Council
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Tony Hyatt: 574-4137/ 526-3622
For Immediate Release:
Louisville – The location has been selected. Now it’s a question of design and listening to the public as the Louisville Free Public Library system moves forward with three new regional branches.
“The Mayor has always made education one of his top priorities and I think he has proven that today,” said Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D) 24.
Flood joined several members of the Metro Council at the main branch of the library on Tuesday as the Mayor announced new branches for Okolona, Dixie Highway and Hurstbourne Parkway.
“We are excited with this announcement and can not wait to see these new branches open their doors to the public,” said Metro Council President Kevin Kramer (R) 11. He had a special message for members of the All My children Pre School who were on hand at the library.
“These new branches will be fully up and operating by the time you all are ready to go to college. We want you to be able to use them,” he said
Last Thursday, in a vote of 25 -1, the Council approved the Mayor’s budget for the coming year. Included in the budget was $3.1 million to purchase land for two of the new branches.
One will be located at Dixie Highway and Kendall Road on a 4.1 acre site. The next will be located on a 4.8 parcel of land at Jefferson Boulevard and McCawley Road near the Jefferson Mall. The third will be located off at 1 Bellevoir Circle off Hurstbourne Parkway near the Northeast YMCA.
“This just goes to show not everything ends up in the East End,” said Councilman Bob Henderson (D) 14. “We have had some out banging a drum that we are going to lose a library. I think this shows we will end up with a first class one.”
Also on hand for the Mayor’s announcement Majority Leader Jim King (D) 10, and Councilmen Glen Stuckel (R) 17 and Doug Hawkins (R) 25.
“I am thrilled that we are going to have such a facility near a retail center,” said Councilman Rick Blackwell (D).”This will insure that children and their families will have a resource available to help them with their education. The community will also have a place to gather.”
“With these new branches, 90 per cent of our population in Metro Louisville will be within five miles of a library,” said the Mayor. “That is an amazing accomplishment.”
With the land purchased and secured, the next step will be design. The Library and Metro government will seek public input on size and resources for each of the branches.
When you think of what our local libraries have gone through over the last 20 years, this shows the community still finds libraries important,” said Flood. “It is just a matter of finding the right way to handle expansion and need for future generations.”
Jim King (D) 10
Kevin Kramer (R) 11
Rick Blackwell (D) 12
Glen Stuckel (R) 17
Madonna Flood (D) 24
Doug Hawkins (R) 25