|August 9, 2016 9:00 AM Adopted|
Commissioner Infantini stated Item II.B.1. addresses the construction of a new library; the existing library in Mims is not in good shape; if the Board were to keep a library in Mims, there is no doubt it needs to be replaced because it is in sad shape; but just like the library in Mims, there is a library in Melbourne, which is underutilized; and she cannot see replacing and spending $2 million to build a new facility that currently is very underutilized, just like the library in her District. She stated perhaps now is a good time to divest and not keep building more structures when the County does not have enough money to replace and repair the existing structures it has; she is not a proponent of adding new structures to the burden without being able to adequately air condition and keep good roofs on the existing libraries; it is not a long distance to get to the next library; and in the South Beaches area people had to go about 16 miles to get to the nearest library. She advised the Board she is not in favor of spending $2, she would rather save that money and use it to shore up the existing libraries the County has.
The Board granted the Library Services Director permission to apply for grant funding from the State of Florida Public Library Construction Grant to help fund the construction of the Mims Public Library; and authorized the Chairman to execute all associated documents.