After years of  negotiations the new Eastern Shore Public Library will now become a reality.The Accomack County Board of Supervisors received a recommendations by the Steering Committee for the Eastern Shore Library and Heritage Center Wednesday night an unanimously approved them all which will set in motion the construction phase of the new facility in Parksley.   The budget submitted by Sterring Committee includes a projected total contractor cost of $4,324,479. The Committee reports that fund sources are $1,500,000 in state grants, $2,000,000 from the county for which bonds will be issued, $850,000 from the group’s capital campaign and $750,000 from the Library Foundation and BB&T.

The Board of Supervisors voted to accept the Committee’s proposals  so the project can move forward with the stipulation being that the Library Foundation pays their  $750,000 portion of the estimated cost .

Meanwhile the Board accepted the gift from the Eastern Shore Library Board of Trustees of the existing Accomac Library Property pursuant to the terms of the Library Project Memorandum of Understanding between the Board of Supervisors and the Eastern Shore Public Library Foundation.  They also approved a lease of $1 until such time as regional library operations are relocated to the site of the new library in Parksley.

The Board also approved a resolution accepting a low bid of  $4,324, 479  from  R.H. Contracting for construction of the facility,  awarding the commercial loan evidenced by the County’s Lease Revenue Bond, and authorizing the County Administrator  to execute all documents necessary to provide $2 million for the project.

It was also approved to request the Economic Development Authority to call a special meeting to finalize the Lease Revenue Bond  to finance a portion of the Library project.

Library Board member Kim Miles said that groundbreaking for the project is expected later this summer with completion anticipated in late 2020.

The actions by the Board  wound up years of sometimes acrimonious negotiations between supporters of the Library who at one time wanted as much as $8 million from the county and the supervisors themselves who refused to increase taxes to fund that project.

The Library Board authorized the transfer of the current library building to the county which will lease the building back to the library for $1.  The library will continue to operate out of the existing facility until the new library is completed.



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