Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Breaking News

Local News

December 4, 2011

Peru library asks for assistance with remodeling

Board seeking $1 million from Miami County for revitalization project.

Bunker Hill — The Peru Library board is hoping to secure county funding to begin work on a $3 million remodeling project.

Barrie Rassi, board president, said the board has been working for six years on the project to revitalize the building that first opened in 1902. Board members are seeking $1 million from the county to proceed with the project.

The plan is to connect the library with the adjacent museum building and to reduce the five different levels to three.

“There is a lot of wasted space,” Rassi said. “There are no furnishings and no public spaces. There is no central air conditioning and no insulation in the walls. The electric system is not capable of handling the computer systems.”

Once funding is obtained, Rassi said the library will have to find a new location for approximately one year while the remodeling work takes place.

The library serves all of Miami County, except for one township, he said.

“We are presenting a two-pronged approach,” Rassi said of the request for county funding. “It is an essential public service and adds to the quality of life in Miami County.

“We are not as valuable to the community as we could be,” he said. “With the emphasis on education and economic development, a revitalized library could have an impact.”

The Peru Common Council has voted to issue $2 million in bonds, but the plan is contingent on the county providing some funding.

Rassi said the request from the county is $50,000 in each of 20 years.

The library board first requested the county commit the money from the Economic Development Income Tax revenues, a request that was opposed by the Miami County Economic Development Authority.

Rassi said the county has a balance of $2,255,000 in the EDIT account.

“There are also a number of projects coming off the books in 2012,” he said. “The library project is two or three years down the road; we’re looking for a commitment from the county.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Kokomo man heading to 'Hoosier Millionaire' finale Rick Rhodes is still having a hard time believing his good fortune. On Thursday, the 53-year-old Kokomo man walked away with $13,500 after beating out five other contestants on the “Hoosier Millionaire” live road show in Fort Wayne. “I’m still in sho

    April 18, 2014

  • Dual Credit classes KACC 02 Dual credits give high school students head start on college More area students are enrolling in dual credit classes as a way to get an early start on their college degrees and prepare for the rigor of higher education while still in high school. In the past five years, the number of college credits earned by

    April 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • Email, Internet knocked out at Miami Co. Courthouse PERU -- Basic government services were put on hold for the second time in nearly two months in Miami County after a massive server failure once again knocked out Internet and email access in most departments and offices. The crash hit early last week

    April 18, 2014

  • Early voting underway in Miami Co. PERU -- Miami County officials are reminding residents that early voting is now open for the primary election. Early voting started April 8 and will end May 5, one day before Election Day. Early voting is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every weekday at t

    April 18, 2014

  • Jackson Street Commons veterans home grand opening set for May 22 Jackson Street Commons, a home for veterans near downtown Kokomo, will host a grand opening May 22. The new $3.6 million facility, located at 322 E. Jackson St., provides permanent housing to 27 previously homeless veterans, said Judy Dennis, executi

    April 18, 2014

  • YMCA nearing design phase completion Development and design of the new 73,000 square foot YMCA should be completed in the next 30 days, YMCA of Kokomo Executive Director David Dubois told the Kokomo Common Council Monday. Dubois said he hopes to begin construction on the new facility by

    April 18, 2014

  • NHS, PJHS named four-star schools Northwestern High School and Peru Jr. High School have found their place among the top schools in the state, with the Indiana Department of Education recognizing them as four-star schools Tuesday. A total of 311 elementary, middle and high schools we

    April 18, 2014

  • NWS-PT041614 Flora Doc1.jpg [Duplicate] The doctor is still in after health group's departure FLORA -- The safe at a downtown bank building, once used for protecting cash and valuables, is now stocked with medical supplies. The former bank office on East Main Street became Flora Family Medicine last month after it was made possible for one lo

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Students visit courthouse Elementary students gained insight on the inner workings of county government through field trips to the Howard County Courthouse this week. Northwestern School Corp. students visited the courthouse Wednesday, and Western Intermediate School third gr

    April 18, 2014

  • Mac talent show 01 lf Maconaquah students, alumni take the stage for 50th annual variety show

    BUNKER HILL - When students from Bunker Hill and Clay Township schools suddenly found themselves walking the same halls in the new Maconaquah High School, they needed something to rally around as they formed their new school identity. That's when Pow

    April 17, 2014 3 Photos

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Obituaries