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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