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Trimble County
Extension office expands

New addition will give county
more meeting space

By Ruth Wright
Staff Writer

BEDFORD, Ky. (July 2003) – The Trimble County Cooperative Extension Service, located on Hwy. 421 just south of downtown Bedford, will open bidding for a facility expansion project on July 15, according to Extension Service employee Michael Pyles. Pyles, an agriculture and natural resources agent, said bids will be accepted for construction of a 2,500-square-foot addition to the building’s meeting room.
The architectural firm of Scott Klausing & Co. has created plans for the addition, which will nearly double the facility’s meeting space. The current meeting room has a maximum seating capacity of 75. When combined with the addition, the meeting space will expand to seat approximately 125. The plans will also allow the new, approximately 50x50-foot meeting area to be closed off by partition to create two separate meeting rooms.

Trimble County Extension staff

Photo by Ruth Wright

From left, Jane Proctor, Mary Lou
Stewart and Mike Pyles.

Since moving from the courthouse to its current location in April 1996, the extension office has provided meeting space for many county organizations. “We’ve had a lot of demand for the use of our meeting facility,” said Pyles.
The demand, which has been steady over the years, was what prompted the decision to expand the space. It wasn’t until the property was paid off this spring, however, that plans could go forward for the addition. “Now that we have the building paid off, our extension office has decided to add to that,” said Pyles.
Many area organizations, including Trimble County Schools, Fiscal Court and EMS have used the facility, which is open for use by educational or non-profit groups only.
“It’s not for use of private parties. No birthday parties or receptions,” said Jane Proctor, the Family and Consumer Sci-ences Extension Agent.
Primarily, Trimble County organizations have used the facility’s meeting space, said Proctor, but it has also played host to multi-county extension meetings and meetings of organizations from outside the county. The expansion will likely increase the number of groups who use the facility. It will also allow additional extension service programs that were formerly held elsewhere to be located at the site. That could include the “4-H Reality Store” program, a mock-community headed by Proctor that teaches local eighth- and 10th-grade students budgeting and economics. Booths are set up to represent stores, where students can purchase necessities such as automobiles. Students are assigned salaries based on their GPAs, according to Proctor, which they learn to budget. The program was previously held in another location due to the amount of space needed to set up booths.
“For a program that large we had to find another facility to house it,” said Pyles. But with the expanded meeting room, “we might be able to do that here,” he said.
In addition to meeting space, the building houses a conference room and extension service offices. The extension service staff includes agents Pyles and Proctor and staff assistant Mary Lou Stewart. A new 4-H extension agent will be added soon. That position has been vacant for a year since the last 4-H agent left. Pyles and Proctor have shared the duties of the position since then.
Construction on the addition should begin this summer once bids are secured and an offer accepted. “We hope to be in the new facility by sometime in December,” said Pyles.

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