Caddo Parish Library System officials are making a big move for better office space. However, that move isn't happening without issue. Library system projects coordinator david darnell says about 50 administrative type employees will move from the main library in downtown Shreveport to a larger location on Kingston Road and Bert Kouns. Unexpectedly, during a recent Caddo Commission meeting, Commissioner Matthew Linn spoke out against the move.
"I was acting, I guess, as the finally say for some library board members that had reserves for the way that they have voted," Linn said.
Linn says several board members believe several facts about the move's costs weren't given to them by the board's head until the last minute.
"It wasn't until after they had made all of their decisions that all the facts got out there, and some of them seemed to of regretted the way that they had voted," Linn said.
The move requires the building purchase, renovations and other upgrades that equal out to just more than 6 million dollars, which comes from the system's tax milage. Darnell says the board members where given the cost information properly.
"All of the information was given to them," he said. "It came before the board twice."
Linn says board members were told to quickly spend the money for the new building or risk losing the millions, which he says was later revealed to be false. Darnell disagrees and says the belief was that the money would be lost due to state rules based on another parish's situation.
"Well, it was direct reports from the attorney general and from the state library that this was going to happen in the parish, and that we needed to be prepared for that to happen to us here in North Louisiana," Darnell said.
The Caddo Commission approved the library's expenditures. Darnell says library system employees will move into their new location in 2014. The new building was purchased for just under 2 million dollars.