RADL breaks ground at new M-18 site
With the aide of a $1.8 million Community Facility direct loan from the United States Department of Agriculture, numerous donations from the community and support from local businesses, RADL Director Lisa Sutton said construction crews will take to the site, located across from Hart Ford Lincoln on M-18 in Roscommon this month and have the building completed by the middle of February, 2014.
“I’m very thankful for the community coming together and making this [the new RADL] a reality,” Sutton told the Resorter before the ceremony.
Over 100 people attended the mid-afternoon ceremony, which was led by Lyon Township Trustee Bill De- Haan. DeHann opened the ceremony by calling the new building construction plan a prime example of local governments coming together in support of a larger project. He said the Village of Roscommon and Gerrish,
Higgins and Lyon Townships all came together in cooperation for the construction.
After an invocation by First Congregational Church Pastor Mark Davidson, RADL President John Rosczyk said the “dream” of a new RADL is now a reality thanks to the efforts of the community coming together and expressing its desire for a new library.
He said the new building will feature a Michigan room which will showcase the people and history of the state. The building will also provide the community with meeting spaces, technology and the community programming it has always had.
Rosczyk acknowledged Ronda Cook as the RADL Person of the Year for her efforts in supporting the new library and the Summer Reading Program.
“This person illustrated the power of one,” Rosczyk said of Cook.
In addition to remarks by Rosc- zyk, Architect Thomas O’Brien highlighted some of the features the new library will have including 9,777 square feet of space, a partial basement and a geothermal heating and cooling system. O’Brien provided the Resorter with a review of the project which stated that on May 29, the RADL board signed a notice to award JBS Contracting Inc. of Mt. Pleasant for $2,020,978 as the general contractor.
“This building will not have a gas meter in it, so there will be some cost savings there,” O’Brien said of the geothermal heating system.
Other speakers included Senator
Darwin Booher, Representative Bruce Rendon, United States Rural Development Area Director James Turner and Village Downtown Development Authority President Jim Anderson.
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