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City council approves Ridgeview Library contract, relief program for utility customers

City council approves Ridgeview Library contract, relief program for utility customers

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The Hickory City Council voted to award a $1.1 million contract to Neill Grading & Construction Co. for the expansion of the Ridgeview Library.

Hickory Library Director Sarah Greene told the council the new expansion will include a meeting room large enough to accommodate 100 people and a small group study room large enough for four people.

Other parts of the building will be reconfigured or repurposed. The existing meeting room will become a children’s room.

She said the construction is anticipated to take around a year and the start date has not been determined yet.

Relief for utility customers

Hickory leaders also voted to partner with the Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry for a $156,000 program to help people catch up on payments. The program is for people who were unable to pay utility bills due to the pandemic.

The ministry would distribute $145,000 of that money to households. Eligible households would be able to receive a total of $100 over three months. 

Kevin Griffin is the City of Hickory reporter at the Hickory Daily Record.

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