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OTTAWA — The Putnam County Library board approved advertising for bids for the new library building on Putnam Parkway in Ottawa.

Tony Hovest with Technicon Design Group Inc., project coordinator for the new library, presented the final plans during a special meeting Thursday afternoon. The plans include 18,669 square feet and is estimated to cost $2.88 million, not including professional and other services that have already been paid. These fees totaled $152,518.

Fiscal Officer Nancy Stauffer said the fund balance for the construction as of Dec. 29 was $2.92 million. This includes the insurance estimate the board received for the Thomas Street building, the $500,000 transferred from the general fund to the building fund, a flood donation fund, and a portion of the Stauffer trust fund.

The former library was 20,000 square feet including the basement area.

Hovest estimated bids could be awarded by early March with construction beginning in early April. He said it should take about nine months for construction.

The plans presented by Hovest included an area for office space, children’s area, and history room, enclosed space for young adults with computers, an adult fiction, DVD/CD, and newspaper area. The new library would also include a center area with self-checkout and study/tutor rooms.

During its December meeting, board members approved selling the Thomas Street building that was damaged during the August 2007 flood. Irwin Real Estate was approved as the agent for the sale.

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