New locations presented for James Island Library

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Updated: Apr. 16, 2015 at 5:35 PM EDT
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JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - A public hearing was held in the Charleston County Council chambers about the future of the James Island Library.

Last year voters approved a referendum to replace five libraries in the county, with James Island being one of them, but one county council member is looking to delay that process.

The current library is located off Camp Road on James Island.

While voters did support the idea of building a new library there, Charleston County Council member Joseph Qualey said more options need to be discussed.

Recently county staff introduced two new sites for the new library. One is located near the Bi Lo store off Folly Road and another adjacent from James Island Elementary School.

Twelve-million-dollars has been allocated for the library thanks to the approved referendum. While the money is there, Qualey thinks a large portion of it could be used to renovate the current library.

Qualey wants to delay the vote for the approval of the library's future at Thursday's County Finance meeting.

He said the council needs to learn more about these new sites for the library and how it will impact the people who live here. County staff presented those plans at the meeting.

He also said more discussions should happen between the James Island Town Council and the public.


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