John Szabo, the Atlanta-Fulton County Library Director, sent out the following message to all Friends groups:
"Fulton County has taken important steps toward Phase I of the Library Capital Improvement Program. The Project Management contract was approved at the September 1 meeting of the Board of Commissioners. A joint venture team consisting of the firms Heery International and H.J. Russell, Inc. will be responsible for coordination and oversight of Phase I projects.
Phase I will consist of the new construction of eight branch libraries, including locations in Alpharetta, Palmetto, East Roswell, Milton, Northwest Atlanta, Southeast Atlanta, Stewart-Lakewood and Wolf Creek. Phase I will also include major expansions of the Auburn Avenue Research Library and the South Fulton Branch.
Other progress includes issuing of the bonds, which have now been sold, and site selection for new libraries. The Library Board of Trustees has been diligently investigating sites for the Phase I branches that will require land acquisition. It is likely that site recommendations will be presented to the Board of Commissioners soon.
Your support throughout this process has been invaluable. Thank you for all that you do for your branch and the Library System."