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March 10, 2013

Mooers library construction still on hold

MOOERS — Construction of a new Mooers Free Library building continues to be postponed as a committee explores sites for it.

Three are under consideration, according to Mooers Fire Department President Jeff Menard.

The first one is on Maple Street, just south St. Joseph’s Parish; the second is on School Street, across from Mooers Elementary School; and the third is across from L&M Convenience Store on Route 11.

“I’m glad that they (the town) have kind of seen the light,” Menard said.

The town was previously considering building the new library on the property where the fire station/town office complex sits at 2508 Route 11.

There’s not enough room for a library there, Menard said, and less space could become a safety issue since emergency vehicles need plenty of room to come and go.

The town hasn’t officially ruled out that location yet. However, “they seem to be on board with our three choices of alternate properties,” he said.

DONATED LAND

All three properties, each of which covers at least an acre, would be donated to the town for the specific purpose of becoming the site of the next library, he said.

“All of these (properties) are contingent upon a library being built there; they’re not being donated outright to the town,” said Library Director Jackie Madison, who has been attending the meetings of the Town Council’s Library Committee.

ASSESSING SITES

While the location near the church has the most space — as much as 3 acres — it belongs to the parish and approval must be obtained from the state and Diocese of Ogdensburg before construction could begin, Madison said.

Dr. Wayne Evans has offered about an acre next to his home on School Street; it is on the back side of an empty lot left when a home on Route 11 burned in a fire, she said.

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