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Board OKs contract extension for library services

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The Board of Mayor and Aldermen has approved a 3-year contract extension with Library Systems and Services (LSSI) to continue managing daily operations of the Germantown Community Library and Germantown Regional History and Genealogy Center.
Library Systems and Services is a private, for-profit company that manages municipal libraries on an outsourced basis. They have managed the Germantown Community Library since 2004 and will continue to do so through 2018 for around $1.3 million a year.
In 2006, LSSI began managing operations at the Germantown Regional History and Genealogy Center.
Since LSSI took over daily operations of the Germantown Library, programs have increased by 69 percent and circulation has grown 18 percent. There has also been a 37-percent increase in program attendance, according to Patrick Lawton, Germantown city administrator. The Germantown Library currently has 31,000 library card holders.
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n Board members also approved a construction contract for $701,414 for phase two improvements to Bobby Lanier Farm Park.
The project includes infrastructure improvements to the community garden and reconstructing the existing hay barn into a multi-use activity center and pavilion.
n Board members approved phase two of the Germantown Animal Shelter expansion.
A construction contract for $329,490 with Wagner General Contractors has been approved.
The project includes the construction of a 176-square-foot training and socialization room, complete with its own HVAC system on the east side of the building.
“Other architectural upgrades will address additional expansion for storage, a new roof, external trim and gutter replacements, reconfiguring of the indoor kennel and drainage system and a complete redesign and construction of the outdoor runs and perimeter fencing,” said Lawton.
“In 150 days,” added Mayor Mike Palazzolo, “we’ll have a new shelter.”