Drum lines, two squads of cheerleaders, traditional Chumash flute, Native American blessings and even a brass band will be welcomed for the ground breaking ceremony of the new Frazier Park branch library if Diane Duquette gets her way.
Duquette is a Mountain Community resident-and director of Kern County Libraries. She has been battling for over 15 years to get a new library for the mountain. On Saturday, Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. the community will have an opportunity to celebrate the launch of actual construction. It is an exciting moment, Duquette says.
The Kern County Board of Supervisors finally signed $4,044,406 in construction and engineering contracts at its Tuesday, Sept. 22 session for the new Frazier Park Library facility. Tilton Pacific Construction from Rocklin (near Sacramento) was the low bidder out of 18 bids for the construction, at $4,009,406. DC Inspections, Inc. of Bakersfield received a contract for $35,000 in related services.
The Board approved the library’s building plans in June, despite county-wide budget cuts.
Total cost is estimated at $6,942,735. The new 9,972 sq. ft. library project will include an audio/visual library; children’s library; fiction, non-fiction and periodicals sections; reference services; circulation services; a computer and homework center; public meeting rooms; young adult services; a parking lot and landscaping.
Call (661) 868-0789 to let Duquette know if you have additional ideas about how to celebrate the ground breaking.
-Mountain Enterprise Staff
This is part of the October 02, 2009 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.
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