Budget committee members met in the jury room adjacent to the circuit courtroom at 6 p.m. to approve year-end budget amendments and a resolution to adopt a continuation budget and tax rate shortly before the meeting of the full County Legislative Body on Monday, June 23.
Walker and Dyer County archivist Marilyn Holmes gave commissioners an update on a project that may move the county archives to McIver's Grant Public Library's new building.
The budget committee authorized county archivists to explore using the library as the county archive at a meeting on May 21. The project proposes placing the Dyer County archives in the section of the McIver's Grant Public Library building once occupied by Cable One.
Since the May meeting, Walker reported the following tasks have been completed:
* A meeting was held with the McIver's Grant Public Library Foundation Board and chairwoman Carol Harris, with members expressing a strong interest in the cooperation and mutual benefit of the committee. Porter Ryland and Don Crews were appointed as the library's representatives to the archive committee.
* Walker and Ryland toured the proposed space. Holmes and Vernon Holmes, who has an engineering background, also toured the site.
* Walker received confirmation from Harrison Fire Protection that the sprinkler riser will handle whichever system committee members choose to place over the archives. The riser will handle either a wet or dry system.
* Walker spoke with Ray Lowrance of Forcum Lannom Associates concerning potential costs of renovating the space. The costs were estimated by a scale drawing completed by Walker and Vernon Holmes.
* Walker and Holmes completed several variations of the drawings, with and without dedicated museum space.
* Walker contacted Tony Dement concerning leveling the floor and addressing asbestos tiles.
* Marilyn Holmes spoke with the Tennessee State Library and Archives concerning possible grant funding for the construction.
* Holmes received TSLA recommendations for the new space.
Along with the update, Walker provided members of the budget committee several drawings and photos of the proposed project. Three sets of plans were offered: a "bare-bones-get-into-the-space" option featuring only archive space, an office and a bathroom; a layout featuring a dedicated museum space, archive storage, an isolation room, additional library storage, three offices and ADA-compliant bathrooms; and a last layout featuring the archives, an isolation room, an office, a work area, two new library storage areas, space dedicated to guest research and a nook linking the ADA-compatible bathroom to both the work area and the archive room.
"I think it is great," said Dyer County Mayor Richard Hill. "(We are) not throwing good money after bad money like we were in the basement. Everybody around this table can be excited about having the archives in a great place, the library. I am really excited."
With no firm numbers yet available, committee members chose not to act on the new information and send it on to the full County Legislative Body. Walker will keep the committee informed as investigating the opportunity moves forward.
Also at the meeting, budget committee members approved recommendations to the full County Legislative Body for 16 year-end budget amendments, added $10,000 worth of grant funding to the Dyer County Health Department's budget and approved a resolution to adopt a continuation budget and tax rate, if applicable, for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
(For information related to the budget amendments, see related article in the State Gazette's June 24 edition.)