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Trimble County is one step closer to getting a new library facility.
The Board of Trustees for the Trimble County Public Library awarded the project Monday, Aug. 16, to EH Construction of Shepherdsville, Ky.
The company was the lowest of six bids received for the project. Originally, 15 companies had expressed interest in the project.
The winning bid was $1,616,000, beating out the next lowest bid by just $2,335. That bid was from Kevco for $1,618,335.
Also submitting bids were F.W. Owens, $1,627,000; Cambridge Construction, $1,705,000; David Construc-tion, $1,707,700; and Martin Construction, $1,933,400.
Library Director Kathy McKown said the board and officials from the Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA) are working to arrange for a ground-breaking ceremony on the new 2-acre site, located next to Bedford Pentecostal Church on U.S. 42 West, just south of the Bedford city limits.
The project has been discussed for two years, and nearly a year went by as the board waited to find out if it would receive a $500,000 federal Community Development Block Grant.
That funding was granted earlier this summer. Administration of the grant is being handled by KIPDA.
Total cost of the project was estimated at about $2.5 million, with $2 million going toward construction and $500,000 going toward computers, networking, furnishing and other necessities, McKown said.
She said the board has not discussed the implications of the bid coming in at nearly $400,000 less than budgeted.
“The board wants to build a good building for the most economy,” she said. At the very least, the extra money would be a cushion for any cost overruns while the project is under way, she said.
McKown said she hopes the facility will be completed in a year from the ground-breaking.
“I’m so excited,” McKown said yesterday, Aug. 24. “We've worked toward this goal for so long.”