June 13, 2013 Edition

RADL breaks ground at new M-18 site

By Krista Tacey-Cater


RADL PERSON OF THE YEAR Ronda Cook (left) was named the Roscommon Area District Library Person of the Year at the groundbreaking ceremony at the future site of the new RADL building by RADL Board President John Rosczyk. RADL PERSON OF THE YEAR Ronda Cook (left) was named the Roscommon Area District Library Person of the Year at the groundbreaking ceremony at the future site of the new RADL building by RADL Board President John Rosczyk. Members of the Roscommon Area District Library Board broke ground at the future site of the new Roscommon Area District Library on June 5, signifying the start of construction.

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.


DIGGING IN Roscommon Area District Library Board members (from left) Suzi DeHaan, Mary Jo Correll and Mike Butler all take a turn breaking ground June 7 at the future site of the new Roscommon Area District Library building located across from Hart Ford Lincoln on M-18 in Roscommon. DIGGING IN Roscommon Area District Library Board members (from left) Suzi DeHaan, Mary Jo Correll and Mike Butler all take a turn breaking ground June 7 at the future site of the new Roscommon Area District Library building located across from Hart Ford Lincoln on M-18 in Roscommon. She added the number of people who attended the groundbreaking ceremony shows just how important the library is to the community.

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.


MAKING A ‘DREAM’ A REALITY Roscommon Area District Library Board President John Rosczyk, speaking at the RADL groundbreaking ceremony June 7, said the “dream” of Roscommon having a new library is now becoming a reality as construction for the new building is tentatively scheduled to begin on June 17. He said the building is set to be completed by mid-February, 2014. 
Photos by Krista Tacey-Cater MAKING A ‘DREAM’ A REALITY Roscommon Area District Library Board President John Rosczyk, speaking at the RADL groundbreaking ceremony June 7, said the “dream” of Roscommon having a new library is now becoming a reality as construction for the new building is tentatively scheduled to begin on June 17. He said the building is set to be completed by mid-February, 2014. Photos by Krista Tacey-Cater 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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