CRESTON — Creston trustees received an update from Creston-Dement Library Board President Doug Kroupa on the $2.5 million construction project for a new library Tuesday evening. Kroupa said construction on the new library, which will be located at the corner of Main Street and Cederholm Street, is scheduled to begin in either July or August 2021.
The need for a new library stems from an increased number of patrons on a monthly basis. Kroupa said the number of library users has grown from between 60-to-80 people per month to well over 700 people per month. Despite COVID-19 mitigations, Kroupa said roughly 200 people per month on average are still using the current library, located at 107 S. Main St. in Creston.
The new library will be a 7,500 square-foot facility and it will include many new features including study rooms and a presentation area that could seat 100 people. The $2.5 million project includes the construction of sidewalks around the building and a retention pond.
The library district received $750,000 in grant funding from the state to help fund the project, which will require Creston trustees to annex 2 acres of land for the library into the village as well as rezoning the property. Kroupa said residents have continued donating money for the project.
The Creston village meeting concluded with the annual auditor’s report as well as an update on bids for the Safe Routes to School project. Bids for the project will open on Jan. 15. Trustees also considered purchasing a new pickup truck the village can use to plow snow.