The LaFayette Library project gets officially put on hold Friday.
The unfinished library with boarded windows sits on South Duke Street in LaFayette. Lecia Eubanks, Director Cherokee Regional Library System said, "I must admit, I'm disappointed that our funds weren't set aside, but the economy has been down, and there has been a lot less SPLOST collection than anticipated." The library received state grants and local money, but still came up short. Bebe Heiskell, Walker County Commissioner said, "Our special purchase local option sales tax, the funding is down. The collections are down from earlier in the year. We haven't collected the full amount that was proposed in the referendum." The project needs roughly 3-hundred thousand more dollars. Heiskell said, "So we are short on the amount of money we have collected, but we can carry it over to the next special purpose local option sales tax. If it passes we can just continue it and finish it out with the 300 thousand dollars."
Library representatives say that fortunately the delay comes at a decent time. Eubanks said, "At least our building is conditioned. The HVAC system is operational and the exterior doors are secure, so if there was ever a good point which to suspend that's where we are." The library will stay at its temporary location at the Old Food Lion until they can finish construction. Eubanks said, "Its not ideal. We hoped to be in this building by October. Our patrons, our users are looking forward to all the services that we will offer in this building that we currently can not offer in our temporary facilities. So we'll be patient, we'll wait and hope for the best for November."
Representatives say once construction's completed, they hope to be out of their temporary location within a week's time.