Extension service plans multipurpose building in Casey

August 25, 2003|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - A new multipurpose building is planned by the Casey County Cooperative Extension Service.

The Extension District Board voted Wednesday to construct a 3,300 square foot building across the parking lot from the current extension office, according to Fred Harper, chairman of the board. The building will have a large meeting room, commercial-type kitchen, two storage rooms, and a combination mechanical-storage room.

Harper said the building is designed with a roof line and brick to match the current building. The building also is designed for future expansion. Architecture Plus of Georgetown is in charge of the design.

The multipurpose room will be three times bigger than the current conference room. Harper said it will accommodate 250 people in a theatre-type setting and 130 for a sit-down meal.


"The building will be used by the agriculture people like the pork, cattle and tobacco producers, 4-H and home economics," said Harper.

It also can be used by non-profit organizations in the community.

Harper said the local school system and General Education Development program already use the small conference room in back of the extension office.

Bids will be advertised and opened at 1 p.m. Sept. 17 at the extension office. Harper said specifications are available at the extension office for anyone wishing to bid.

Construction will begin as soon as the contract is approved. "Hopefully, we will have it under roof by winter and in use by spring," said Harper. March is the target date for completion.

The Casey County Homemakers Association is raising funds to furnish the kitchen, which will have a serving window.

"The homemakers have been raising funds to help with the kitchen for about three years," said Debbie Shepherd, county home economist.

"We're very excited about it," Shepherd said. "It will be beneficial for the county."

Shepherd said there is not enough space at the current conference room when the homemakers plan their annual meeting, tasting party and Christmas dinner.

More space also is needed for other extension-related meetings. Sometimes tables have to be set up in the hallway.

Harper said the new building will give people in the community another option for a meeting place. A nominal fee will be charged to pay for cleanup.

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