07/06/14 — Leaders to decide what to do with old Mount Olive library

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Leaders to decide what to do with old Mount Olive library

By Steve Herring
Published in News on July 6, 2014 1:50 AM

With the anticipated opening of the new Steele Memorial Library on July 20, the town of Mount Olive now faces having to decide what to do with the old library building at 110 N. Chestnut St.

There already have been some discussions about what to do with the town-owned old bank building where the library is currently located.

"I probably would think the prudent thing to do would be to find a buyer for that building," Town Manager Charles Brown said. "We have had interest in it.

"It is a good location, and we have had several businesses to express an interest in it. But that way it goes back on the tax books. The town can generate some revenue from that."

No decision has been reached yet, he said.

Brown said he had toured the new library and that it is "magnificent."

"It is high-tech and pretty impressive," he said. "I use the library a lot. It is a wonderful facility to have here."

According to county tax records the current library land is valued at $15,430 and the building at $48,730 for a total assessed value of $64,160.

The new library building is owned by Wayne County.

Mount Olive currently pays all utilities for the library.

When the new one opens, the town will pay for electricity, while the county will pay for water/sewer.