The Calloway County Public Library Board is reopening the bid process to sell an historic house near downtown Murray. The library owns the neighboring Higgins House, a dilapidated Victorian property that needs significant, costly repair.
Calloway County Judge Executive Larry Elkins is requesting information from the Calloway County Library Board related to taxing district funds being spent to further the education of library employees.
Calloway County’s Judge Executive says he is hoping to put an end to matters involving the local library board with the appointment of two individuals. Judge Larry Elkins and the board have had a prolonged dispute over a proposed library expansion and other financial issues.
The Higgins House is officially back in the possession of the Calloway County Public Library after pressure from the fiscal court. The library board bought back the dilapidated property for $1 in a meeting Wednesday night. A tabled ordinance would have forced the library to buy the house.
After a months-long feud between the Calloway County Library Board and Judge Executive Larry Elkins, the fiscal court appointed former Webster County assistant superintendent Riley Ramsey in a special session Thursday while ousting board member Ryan Alessi, who has moved out of the state.
Calloway County Public Library may see a smaller expansion than had been proposed. The board has been considering plans with an estimated cost upwards of $7.6 million dollars. The plans have met vehement objection from Judge Executive Larry Elkins, who criticized the board in a public address earlier this week.