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Cottageville library will happen

It’s happening. The Town of Cottageville will be getting its own branch of the library. Cottageville Mayor Tim Grimsley made the announcement during the council’s Monday night meeting.
According to Grimsley, the town is working with Colleton County Memorial Library Director Carl Coffin to create the town’s library branch. Coffin will be reallocating a librarian from the county’s Bookmobile to Cottageville. The town will be furnishing the space, the insurance, the janitorial services and the security. With the county providing the librarian, the actual books and librarian goods will be provided through Friends of the Library, a non-profit volunteer-based group that has been working to help the town. This group has raised about $5,000 for Cottageville. Those funds will be combined with the town’s already-allocated $7,000 to create the new library branch.
“The library for our town is back on,” said Grimsley. “I have high hopes for this project. Carl Coffin and I have been brainstorming to make this happen.”
The town has been trying to start its own library branch for more than a year. The project had a setback in June of this year, when Colleton County Council members said it could not fund any special projects in the county for the coming fiscal year: the county is in a budget deficit. Grimsley informed Cottageville’s council members of the county’s decision at last month’s July Cottageville council meeting: at that meeting, the council voted to use its $7,000 in allocated library funds to instead buy new body cameras for the town’s police department.

Those cameras are a requirement by the state, and have already been purchased by the town. On Monday, Grimsley told the council members not to worry about the town having to pay for both the cameras and the new library branch. “We are in good enough financial shape to pay for the cameras and the library,” he said.
The town’s new library branch will go into the former Cottageville Elementary School’s kindergarten building. It will be open for only one to two nights a week. “It will open slowly, maybe from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., or 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.” According to Grimsley, the town will conduct a survey among its residents to see what hours best suit the public.
The new library is set to open by the first of 2016, he said.
In other council news:
Solar building sale tabled
After a 30-minute executive, closed-door session on Monday night, Cottageville Town Council came back into the open public forum and voted to table the sale and lease of the town’s former police headquarters. That building is located along U.S. Highway 17A. The council originally voted to sell the building to an incoming solar panel business. However, Grimsley said, on Monday night, that the town’s decision to hold off on the sale is so that council can “do more research” on the solar panel business.
Cops and Kids Carwash
The town’s second annual Cops and Kids Carwash will be held on August 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held at the town’s Express gas station. All funds from the donations-only car wash will go toward buying school supplies for youth at Cottageville Elementary School. All kids are encouraged to participate in this event. Those who work the car wash will get their school supplies first, with other students at the school being given any additional supplies, town officials said.

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