The Texas County Library Foundation works to raise funds to better the county-wide system.

Members of the Texas County Library Foundation held their annual meeting Friday and set in motion plans for a new library branch in Summersville. 

The organization serves as a fundraising arm to better the library, which has locations at Houston, Cabool, Licking and Summersville.

Named to the board were: Kent Williamson, Cabool, president; Terry Jones, Cabool, secretary; Janet Fraley, treasurer; and Gwen Ross, Eunice; Sally Smith, Houston; Linda Roberts, Licking; Florence Cartwright, Cabool; Sherline Wade, Plato; Brad Gentry, Houston; and Peggy Holder, Houston, members. There is a vacancy for the Summersville area, and a member will be named at the organization’s next meeting on Oct. 21.

Members entered into a contract with an architectural and engineering firm, Integrity Engineering Inc. of Rolla, to develop plans for the new library at Summersville. The organization, partnering with the City of Summersville, obtained a $248,570 Community Development Block Grant to assist with the project costs, which total about $346,235. Plans call for a purchase of a building, its renovation, as well as an addition. Preliminary design documents are expected in 45 days. Construction is estimated to take six months.

The group also will begin negotiations for a firm to provide administration of the grant.

The next meeting is 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Houston branch of the Texas County Library.


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