JONESVILLE — The newly elected and reelected members of the Jonesville Town Council were sworn in at their meeting on Monday. Wayne Moore and Tracy Wall were reelected to serve on the council as well as newcomer Judy Wolfe. Following the swearing in ceremony, Moore was nominated and approved to serve as mayor pro tem.
Ashley Prim with Cannon and Company CPA Firm presented the town with its fiscal year audit at the meeting.
“The report was sent to the North Carolina Local Government Commission and it was reviewed and approved with no problems,” Prim said.
Following her report, the council again discussed the ongoing issues with the Jonesville Public Library. At last month’s meeting, the board approved a temporary relocation of the library to a space owned by Hugh Chatham hospital on N.C. 67. The former location was damaged by water, and mold was becoming a problem. The books are in the process of being cleaned, though many of them are beyond repair due to the mold.
It was recommended by Councilwoman Judy Wolfe that a task force be established to review options for the library.
The location currently being used on N.C. 67 next to the Hugh Chatham urgent care is only available for a six-month period.
During the discussion, the council members agreed time is of the essence to find a solution. They agreed to set a special meeting for Jan. 4 and asked Town Manager Scott Buffkin to have some numbers available at that time in regard to potential renovations to the old space or building costs for a new space. Library staff members also have already been researching possible options. Buffkin also was asked to reach out to Hugh Chatham to see if there was anyway the six-month lease period on the temporary location could be extended as they search for a permanent space.
The library’s location at 150 E. Main St. is very beneficial to the students at Jonesville Elementary School as they are in walking distance. The board members agreed finding a space near the same location is a high priority.
Wolfe also noted she had heard rumors taxes would be raised in order to fund a new library building.
“We want to keep the library open in Jonesville, that’s critical,” Wolfe said.
She added, “We need to take action to refute, to challenge the rumor that’s already out there that we’re going to have to raise taxes to build a new library. That’s not in the interest of anyone right now to raise taxes.”
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.