Library considers new site

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New building could be located near judicial center

By Molly Haines

A different property has been thrown into the mix of locations the Owen County Public Library Board is considering for the site of a new library facility.

The board had agreed on 4.3 acres on Hwy. 22 East near the Hi-Y-Inn. It is owned by Blue Moon Investors  and priced at $175,000.

Although the board agreed on the property, no official offer was made.

Owen County Library Director Jennifer Nippert said the board decided to consider a different property after receiving feedback on moving the facility outside city limits.

Nippert said the board held a special meeting March 30 to discuss the Ford property. This is near the construction site of the new Owen County judicial center on South Main Street.

Nippert said the Ford property has no fair market value because it has never been appraised.

“Because the property the board was looking at was for $175,000, I would assume their offer for the Ford property would be similar if that’s the road they decide to go down,” Nippert said. “It would be up to the Ford family whether or not to accept the board’s offer.”

The library is currently conducting a survey to determine how people travel to the library and how they perceive the library.

Nippert said the board is trying to explore every possible avenue for the new library facility.

“There are some people who are really excited about a new facility,” Nippert said.

“We will be having more community meetings as plans are made more concrete.”

The Owen  County Public Library’s board   of directors meets at 9:30 a.m. the third Friday of the month at the library.