The Coffee County Manchester Public Library’s parking, which has been a potential safety hazard for years, will be repaired.
The Coffee County Budget and Finance Committee approved funds for the project on Tuesday, Aug. 6.
The project includes paving and curbing at the Manchester library, as well as repairs at the Coffee County Lannom Memorial Public Library in Tullahoma.
The total cost for the parking renovation is about $55,000, with the lowest bidder being Rogers Group.
About $32,000 of the funds will be covered by Bonnaroo. Last year, Bonnaroo representatives made a donation to the county, earmarking the money for upkeep of the libraries. Coffee County will pay the remaining $23,000 out of its capital projects fund.
Benefiting Coffee County residents
“I am pleased with the recent approval for funds to repave the parking lot,” said Pauline Vaughn, director of the Manchester library. “It is something that will benefit Coffee County residents now and in the future.”
Vaughn expressed appreciation for the support of the community.
“We are thankful for all the support from the citizens, businesses and the county commissioners for making this long sought project a reality.”
The Manchester library has served locals for decades.
In addition to offering books and genealogy materials, the library welcomes learners to use computers and engages readers of all ages through various programs.
Thousands of readers go to the library monthly.
Nearly 10,000 patrons visited the library and more than 22,000 items were checked out during summer reading in the month of June.
In addition to the parking lot, the condition of the carpet also poses safety risks.
Other maintenance needs
The carpet is about 30 years old, according to Vaughn.
“It’s threadbare, and it’s bunching up in all places over the library floor,” Vaughn said. “I’m afraid for tripping hazards.”
Vaughn hopes replacing the carpet will be addressed soon.
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