The Madison County Board of County Commissioners gave Betty Lawrence, director of libraries for the Suwannee River Regional Library system, the go-ahead to continue talks with the town of Greenville to move the library into the building that formerly housed Farmers and Merchants Bank.
When Farmers and Merchants Bank, 1325 SW Main Street in Greenville closed, the bank agreed to donate the building to the Town of Greenville if there was a need for it. Lawrence told the board the building they currently use, located at 312 Church Street in Greenville, is in bad shape and needs to relocate for the safety of the public.
“The building that we’re currently using is not in the best of shape,” said Commissioner Ronnie Moore.
Lawrence told the commissioners there were rooms in the current building she would not let the public enter due to safety concerns.
Lawrence said if the county approved moving forward with acquiring the old Farmers and Merchants Bank, the operating costs would be approximately $10,000 more per year.
“I could use some state funding that would help offset that cost,” Lawrence said. “That funding would offset about $5,000.”
The Suwannee Regional Library System is a multi-county system based in Live Oak, with branches in Branford, Jasper, White Springs, Jennings, Madison, Lee and Greenville.
Following a brief discussion, the board voted 5-0 in favor of acquiring the old Farmers and Merchants Bank to be used as the Greenville Public Library.