Special Commissioners Meeting Addressed Future of Washakie County Library

Written by on June 13, 2019

The Washakie County Commissioners convened a special meeting on Wednesday afternoon concerning the future of the Washakie County Library.
In 2007 a special purpose tax was approved by Washakie County voters to generate seed money for a new library in Worland. The tax was collected until 2009 and totaled $1 million dollars–which is the amount available for the current project.
Washakie County and TSP Incorporated–an architecture firm out of Rapid City, South Dakota–have entered into an agreement to create a conceptual design for a new library space in downtown Worland. The building that would be used is currently Kennedy Ace Hardware on Big Horn Avenue. The county is currently in talks with the Kennedy’s to acquire the building and then use the remaining funds to remodel the space into a library.
The conceptual design phase and local meetings–like Wednesday’s–are part of the commissioners due diligence work that must be done to maximize the dollars available. The reason a remodel was chosen was simple–it appears to be the most cost effective. Other options including constructing a new library–adding on to the community center and renovation of the current building all came in with estimates well above the $1 million dollars available. Stay tuned to the Big Horn Radio Network for further details on the library design phase and community input.

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