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Supervisors continue support for Golden Valley library

The long-awaited Golden Valley library might be open early next year.

"With no hitches, it will probably take five months to get the site prepared, get the books collected, all the utilities in and staff trained," Mohave County library director Bonnie Campbell said after county supervisors voted 2-1 April 7 to establishment of a library station in the valley for the 2003-2004 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

"We have to wait until the budget is passed.

That is not until August," Campbell added.

District 3 Supervisor Buster Johnson of Lake Havasu City opposed establishing the library, saying supervisors should not consider the matt4er until they work on the 2003-2004 budget.

Campbell told the supervisors that it will cost $98,000 to prepare the proposed site on North Verde Road, shelve books, install furniture, license computers and provide a part-time library staff.

She estimated annual operations costs at $30,000.

Library officials plan to lease 2.5 acres from the Bureau of Land Management.

The Friends of the Golden Valley Library received a $10,000 donation to be used for buying a metal building and a $2,500 grant from Griffith Energy LLC.

Friends president Yvonne Meredith wrote in a letter to Campbell that it will cost $14,000 to $14,500 to deliver the building from Ontario, Canada.

The building measures 34 by 64 by 18 feet.

Meredith, who has been working on the library since 1998, described the decision of the supervisors as "wonderful," adding, "We finally got it."

Meredith and a small delegation from Golden Valley waited two hours before the item came up at the April 7 supervisors meeting.

Friends member Shan Gale Robinson said the library would serve 750 students who attend Black Mountain Elementary School and the Eagle Academy charter school.

"It will be a great opportunity for Golden Valley," she said.

Eagle Academy students are being bused to the Kingman branch of the county library system, Principal Jay Roberts said.

"This would save us time taking the students out of the classroom," he told the supervisors.

The supervisors voted in January 1999 to instruct the county's Citizens Advisory Committee and library staff to explore establishing a library in Golden Valley.

The library district operates several small libraries in outlying communities such as Dolan Springs and Oatman.

The Golden Valley library would be open 15 hours a week, Campbell said.

The Friends of the Golden Valley Library plan a fund-raiser from noon to 6 p.m.

May 3 at The Stockmen's Bank branch on State Highway 68.