on hold to acquire land
for new North Oldham library
about size of parcel to be donated
GOSHEN, Ky. (March 2012) Oldham County Public
Library Executive Director Susan Eubank says Goshen area residents have
wanted a larger, more convenient library for years. North Oldham Lions
Club members had recently discussed donating six acres to the library,
but new obstacles have arisen which may prolong any final decision.
The donated land, which has now been cut down to three
acres instead of six, would be acreage from Belknap Community Park,
located on U.S. Hwy. 42 near Ky. 1793. The North Oldham Lions Club has
also voiced its desire to donate 18 acres of this land to Oldham County
Parks and Recreation.
Presently, any plans for a new library branch in Goshen are on hold,
said Eubank. According to what a library supporter and Lions Club member
has told her, A group of the Lions have decided that the library
will only get three acres instead of six, she said.
This news is discouraging for Eubank because less acreage would mean
a smaller library would have to be built. In turn, there would also
be less parking and this could possibly cut down on the number of activities
offered at this branch.
It is our intent to donate land to the library, said North Oldham Lions
Club President Carol Hublar. Were still in negotiations,
and were very optimistic. We want to get this done as quickly
For now, Eubank is just waiting until the Lions Club makes a final
decision. The library is not trying to cause trouble, she
said. We just want Lions Club members to understand how
much the citizens in the area are looking forward to a new, larger library.
A Friends of the Library group has started a grassroots effort
in the area to write to the Lions Club and tell the members how much
a new library is needed, she said. A letter was posted on Facebook
and Twitter by the Friends group to spread the word about how badly
a new library is needed.
Eubank said, We assumed the original property deal that was accepted
by (Oldham County) Fiscal Court and the Board of Trustees for the library,
once that was done, that was it.
As a result, she said the library has already spent $7,000 getting the
land surveyed and a topographical map drawn up.
The Oldham County Public Library has maintained a branch at the Creasey
Mahan Nature Preserve for the last 28 years. The library leases space
on the grounds of the nature preserve in what is a renovated dairy barn
dating to the late 1800s.
The anticipated new library would consist of a 15,000-square-foot facility
and cost between $4.8 million and $5.2 million. If the land donation
is cut to three acres, the facility would probably shrink to 12,000
square feet and an anticipated cost of $3.5 million.
In addition to land donation to the public library, Lions Club
officials have said last year that it would donate 18 acres to the county
park system. Magistrate Bob Leslie said that would be good for
all parties. There is nothing on the north side of the county like this.
While the Lions Club could continue to use the buildings on site,
the burden of taking care of the property would be taken away.
Members could then go back to their original mission of helping individuals
with visual impairments, Leslie said. The Lions Club, a
member of Lions International, supports the National Lions Eye Foundation.
The county is also waiting for a transfer of ownership to take control
and begin repairs on the 18 acres it would maintain. The deal is still
pending, said Oldham County Judge-Executive David Voegle. Were
ready to move forward and accept the property and agree on terms of
ownership, but there are still some issues that are unresolved within
Contingent upon the deal going through, the first step would be to hire
a professional parks planner, said Leslie. Plans call for the park to
remain a passive park because that is what the Lions Club wants,
The parks name will change from Belknap Community Park to something
that will recognize the Lions Club and the original land owner,
William Belknap, he said. Belknap was the first person in the state
to begin the idea of a book mobile.
At this time, we arent looking to acquire any more land
for Oldham County Parks and Recreation, Leslie said. But
its always a possibility in the future.
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