Tangipahoa Parish Library Director addresses council

Tangipahoa Parish Library Director Barry Bradford introduced himself to the Amite Town Council during their regular meeting Tuesday night, February 3. He was there to let the council know of one new possibility for the new home of the Tangipahoa Parish Library.

For the past two years or more the Tangipahoa Parish Library Board and Parish Council have been searching for a suitable new facility for the library, genealogy department and administration office. The library has been separated from the rest for quite some time. The board and council are trying to create a facility to house it all.

Several locations have been looking at. The latest is located on North East Central Avenue of Amite. This is the former Waterfalls location. The lot is 100 ft. x 400 ft. and reaches back to east to Laurel Street, which will give the board and council the space they are searching for. "We are just looking at it at this point. Mr. Jeff McKneely (with Tangipahoa Parish) is getting an appraisal. At this time we are just trying to determine the value of the lot," stated Bradford.

The proposed location before looking into this lot was a piece of property the parish owns behind Central Progressive Bank on Hwy. 16 west. However, due to lack of visibility, that location would not be good for the library.

Bradford has said that parking might be the only issue with the new location. He stated that that would be a separate issue they would deal with if the property is purchased. There were some comments from Heather Williams-Cavaretta, with the Amite Chamber of Commerce about the possibility of the rumors of the grassy area across from the lot and the Tangipahoa Parish Fire District #1 fire station. She stated that the Chamber would really rather that area not be black-topped, which is what she was told. The Chamber would rather create a park of some sort with that area.

Bradford ended with the invitation of comments and input from the council and community and stated again that this new location is just being looked at for the time being.

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