County library might be spared

At a special meeting held Tuesday, Ward County Commissioners speculated further on including a fourth floor in the county’s proposed new office building.

It seems that the Ward County Library building, next to The Minot Daily News, will probably not be razed and the library moved into the first floor of the office building. This is in direct contrast to what seemed to be the consensus on the issue from the last meeting, Commissioner Shelly Weppler noted.

“The future has come faster than anyone has imagined,” Weppler said about how changes keep holding up the build of the proposed office building and jail. The comment came about while the commissioners examined just what was promised to the people for the buildings when a half-cent sales tax to help pay off the bonds used to finance the projects was approved in November.

Chairman Jack Nybakken at first made a motion not to add a fourth floor at this time, for the Ward County Library not to move into the upcoming office building, and to just get this project, which has been stalled due to myriad issues and concerns, moving again.

Where Nybakken was trying to save money and time, Commissioners John Fjeldahl and Alan Walter both pointed out that opting to go for a shell for a fourth floor, with the elevator, electric, and water resources extended to the empty space, would be a major savings in the long run should the county need the fourth floor.

The commissioners all agreed that having the option open would be the best move, and should they decide they need the lot the library is currently on then the library could be moved to that possible, future fourth floor without making further, costly changes to the current building design to “flip” offices around to accommodate a library on the first floor.