MAHONING COUNTY Library officials get details of new branch

By Sean Barron


Officials with the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County have received an updated timetable regarding the construction and completion of a new branch to be built in North Jackson.

During their meeting Thursday at the Austintown library on South Raccoon Road, the board of trustees was told that construction of the $1.4 million Jackson-Milton branch could get under way in May.

Originally, work was to have begun last month. The board gave no reason for the change in schedule.

The branch, estimated to be about 6,000 square feet, will go up on school-donated land on Mahoning Avenue just east of Jackson-Milton High School/ Middle School on property currently used for the district’s school-bus fleet.

The library, to open in February 2013, will feature separate areas for children, teenagers and adults, as well as public computer centers and study rooms, noted library Director Carlton A. Sears.

In October, certain modifications based largely on community input were made to the original design, Sears explained.

Ronald Cornell Faniro Architects Inc. of Youngstown was hired for the design phase.

Also at the session, trustees made two appointments to the board, both effective immediately.

Judith Schmutz of Boardman will fill the unexpired term of Josephine Houser, who stepped down from the board earlier this year after having served since September 1993.

The term expires in January 2012.

Also appointed was Dr. George E. McCloud, a Youngstown State University communications professor who will fill the seat of Dr. Thomas Shipka, who resigned in September.

The term expires January 2014.

In other business, Susan G. Merriman, fiscal officer, said she feels the library system’s finances will be stable in 2012, thanks mainly to the passage of a renewal levy and new levy in 2009 and 2010, respectively.

The two levies are to bring in a combined amount of more than $10.8 million annually, Merriman noted.

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