Denison City Council members issued approval to more than $192,000 in library renovation bids on Monday night, providing the capital necessary for the project to begin in earnest later this week. The Council was initially slated to review the bids last week, but was unable to convene due to a lack of quorum.

Denison City Council members issued approval to more than $192,000 in library renovation bids on Monday night, providing the capital necessary for the project to begin in earnest later this week. The Council was initially slated to review the bids last week, but was unable to convene due to a lack of quorum.


Earlier in the day, the library was a bustling scene, as Library Director Alvin Bailey directed movers who worked to transfer dozens of boxes of books and other materials to the library’s temporary location at 306 West Main St. Bailey said he hopes to open service at the new location later this week, likely Thursday.


The six-week renovation project will provide a major face-lift for the facility — its first in nearly three decades. An added restroom, noise-reducing floor tiles and RFID tags to simplify checkout procedures are among the planned upgrades. The tiles will be paid for out of the city’s building maintenance fund, while most of the project’s $675,000 price tag will be covered by a combination of donations and budgeted disbursements.


"We’ve gotten 30 years of use out of this 10-year-lifespan carpet, so we did pretty well for ourselves," said Bailey while providing a tour of the facility Monday afternoon.


Councilman Matt Hanley said it was his preference to provide plumbing facilities in the children’s activity center, which was an alternative proposal on the bid list, at a cost of approximately $6,700. Currently, children have to wash their hands in communal tubs brought from other bathrooms in the library. City Manager Robert Hanna said he would explore funding options — including private donations — to cover the added cost.


In other Council business, members held the first of two public hearings regarding the annexation of 427 acres southwest of the city as part of developer Tom Johnson’s Gateway Village community. No members of the public spoke during the public hearing, meaning any concerns or voices of support will have to be heard during the second legally-required public hearing, to be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall.


Mayor Jared Johnson adjourned the Council meeting at 6:14, as city leaders declined to meet in executive session after individually considering items of regular business. Monday’s meeting was the first attended by the city’s new attorney, Courtney Goodman-Morris. Goodman-Morris will be formally introduced to the community during an event on Dec. 10.