$210,000 upgrade set at Powell
by W. Winston Skinner
Powell Library in Newnan will be getting a $210,000 upgrade this year through a project funded with state and county funds.
The main focus of the project will be an upgrade of the facility’s restrooms. Major work has been done at Powell during the last year.
Jimmy Bass, director of the Coweta County Public Library System, talked with the trustees about the project at their first meeting of the year on Tuesday at Central Library. He also introduced two new members — Martha Lynn Mitchell and Earlene Scott — to the board.
Bass said workers will gut and then recreate the public restrooms at Powell. “They’ve shown me some samples, and it’s going to look great,” Bass said.
The large light fixtures in the main part of the Powell Library will also be replaced. Bass said he is expecting considerable savings in electricity once the new fixtures are in use.
“The state’s going to give us $105,000, and the county’s going to give us $105,000,” Bass said.
Invitations to bid on the project will be out soon. Bass said he expects the bids to be reviewed and accepted on Feb. 20.
“We plan on getting the work done in March, April and May — and be done in June,” he said.
Joe Gardner, whose architectural firm has done much of the work on recent Coweta library projects, will be creating the plans for the Powell upgrade. “It will be good,” Bass said.
Both Mitchell and Scott grew up in Coweta County. Mitchell, who teaches American literature at the Coweta School System’s Central Educational Center, was appointed to the board by Coweta County Commission Chairman Bob Blackburn.
Scott retired last year after operating an independent bookstore in downtown Newnan for more than 30 years.
“We’re glad to have her on the board,” Bass said. “She was appointed as a countywide position.”
Mitchell “has a lot that she can bring” to the board, Bass said. “She has a great interest in literacy and education. We have two great new additions.”
Longtime trustee Norma Haynes noted she and Scott both graduated from Newnan High School in 1955. “It was a great year,” Scott said.