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Brett McCready, 8, of Worthington, uses the resources at the Nobles County Library Friday afternoon in Worthington. (Brian Korthals/Daily Globe)

Public input sought in library designs

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WORTHINGTON -- During the Nobles County Fair this week in Worthington, the public will once again have an opportunity to view the proposals for a new Worthington Branch library.

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Architectural designs of how a library might fit on each of the four properties being considered -- on the former Campbell's Soup property on Second Avenue, the former outdoor swimming pool site near Centennial Park, the current public works facility site on Diagonal Road or the current Lampert Lumber site at the intersection of 10th Street and 10th Avenue -- will be placed on presentation boards for public review.

"People will be encouraged to look at them, read the site analysis information and ask commissioners questions," said Nobles County Library Director Julie Wellnitz.

The boards will be part of Nobles County's booth in the Commercial Building on the fairgrounds. While neither library staff nor commissioners will be present all day, each day in the booth, Wellnitz encourages people to seek out commissioners to offer comment.

At town hall-type meetings offered in Adrian and Worthington in July, which drew more than 50 people, Wellnitz said they took written comments from individuals about the proposals. Those have since been compiled and delivered to Nobles County Administration.

The meetings offered the public an opportunity not just to look at the proposals, but ask questions about the sites.

"All of the sites have advantages and disadvantages," Wellnitz said. "That's precisely why the commissioners wanted these town hall meetings.

"Cost is always an issue, and we know that some sites are going to be more costly than others," she added.

Cost information will be included in the site analysis information included in the display at the county fair. Wellnitz said the cost information is based on a 27,000-square-foot facility.

After more public comment is gathered this week at the county fair, Wellnitz said she plans to meet with administration and discuss the input received.

"Hopefully (we can) make some recommendation to the county board this fall, after some data analysis," she said. "We just want to strongly encourage people to come out to the fair, read the information and give their input."

People will be able to view the presentation boards in the Commercial Building on the fairgrounds from noon to close Thursday; 10 a.m. to close Friday, 9 a.m. to close Saturday; and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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