Library board hits small snag in new building preps – News – Pine Bluff Commercial – Arkansas News

Library board hits small snag in new building preps – News – Pine Bluff Commercial – Arkansas News

The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library Board of Trustees will consult its lawyer to negotiate whether to charge rent to Lloyd Lee, a tenant of a building on a property that has been sold to the library system.

Lee, Main Street Development LLC majority member, had rented space at the building at 618 Main St. before the library board purchased it. He operates a certified accounting firm. He signed a contract — dated Feb. 6, 2017 — with Library Board President Tommy Brown for the sum of $385,000 to sell the property to the library. The new library is slated to be built at the 618 Main St. location.

The contract states that Lee will also move the Main Street Development building from the 618 Main St. site by March 31, 2018, and that he is to move his business operations from that site by August 1, 2017.

Library trustees Edward Fontenette, Linda Banks, Tommy Brown, Anna Marie Jacks, Ann Talbot and Ethel Cogshell discussed consulting with lawyer Jack Talbot to negotiate rent with Lee. These developments come after voters approved a 3.0-mill tax increase to raise $14 million in November 2016 to construct a new library building in Pine Bluff and to renovate four Jefferson County library buildings.

Brown said if Lee does not move the Main Street Development building by March 31, 2018, then the library system will pay money to demolish it.

“Apparently he has been unable to physically move his business out of his building,” Brown said. “In his letter he did not say how long he wanted an extension.”

During a later discussion, Brown said he is not faulting Lee for rain in May and June…

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