The Gering Library Board will recommend to the city council Monday night that they negotiate with a Scottsbluff architectural firm on a study to determine the community’s needs regarding a library and whether a new building is required.
Librarian Diane Downer says the Library board requested proposals and Joseph Hewgley and Associates is the chosen firm to conduct the study. Downer says the study will tell the city whether the current building, even expanded, is feasible or whether a different site is preferable. Downer says if a new site is the best option, the study will recommend how large a building is needed and the cost so fundraising can begin.
Downer admits they would like an area where they can do outside activities and Legion Park has been mentioned as a favorite location, although Downer emphasizes other possibilities will be reviewed in the study.
Downer says the council will need to approve the cost for the study once negotiations with Hewgley and Associates are completed.