By Ashley Graves
The Cullman Times
HOLLY POND —
The official opening of the Guy Hunt Library is inching closer and closer.
But before that can happen, Holly Pond Mayor Herman Nail said there’s still quite a bit left to be done before the doors can open to the public.
During the town council’s monthly meeting last week, one major item was marked off the remaining check list of things to do, as six individuals were appointed to the newly formed library board. Those appointed were Eugene Simpson, Kevin Brian, Sharon Townson, Brenda Scott, Donna Cornelious, and Bill Oliver.
“These appointments give us a diversified group,” Nail said. “They’re all going to be a tremendous asset.”
The 5,200 square-foot brick building is located next to Holly Pond School on County Road 71. Inside, there are three rooms that are used as a museum honoring former Gov. Guy Hunt, a public library, and a civic meeting area.
Nail said having such a board would allow for the library to be maintained with outside interference. He added the board would be made up of the mayor and council, and as each went out of office, the next mayor and council would take over. In addition, the six-member association board would serve at the advisory capacity.
“The six-member association board will bring up any issues they see to the council,” Nail said. “If they saw something they thought we needed, they would make us aware of it, and then, if we wanted to go and do that we could.”
Currently, Nail added they were in the process of getting two new scanners and a program used to log books. The mayor said he would like to have 75 to 80 percent of the books in the library before opening. He expects at least another month before an opening will take place.
“I know we’re running late on things, but we want everything to be right before we open so that we don’t have to go back and re-do things,” Nail said.
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