Library trustees recommend keeping Haynes Library in Henrietta

Feb. 27, 2014 @ 09:00 PM

After some contentious debate, the Rutherford County Library Board of Trustees voted unanimously to recommend keeping the Haynes Branch Library in Henrietta.

The board discussed a proposal from Amy Drum to move the library to the former First Citizens Bank building in Cliffside. But, board members said their mission has been to get the library out of a rental situation and into a building owned by the county.

The recommendation will be forwarded to the Rutherford County Commission who will make the final determination on the location of the library.

Drum offered to let the library move to her building with rent matching what the county pays for the Haynes Branch current location in Henrietta. Her arrangement included giving the county the first option to purchase the property at its tax value.

Trustee Chairman Robin Lattimore said the county has spent too much money on rent already. According to his figures, the county has paid $600 a month in rent for the current location since 1985. Prior to that, from 1977 to 1985, the rent was $400 a month with $100 subsidized by Cone Mills. All of that equalled $240,000 the county has paid in rent since 1977 for the Haynes Branch Library.

"We have collectively said this robs Rutherford County," Lattimore said. "A rental situation is not what this board has said it's looking for."