IMPERIAL – The City of Imperial held a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at its newly remodeled and expanded library and council chambers Thursday evening.
The library has been expanded and updated with state-of-the-art technology, two study rooms, an adult area, and children’s area. The community hall has been updated along with an expanded kitchen. The city council also has a new home in the new council chambers that is larger and has updated technology as well.
The work on the project began in January and was completed at the end of June.
“We just completed some last minute touches for this grand opening and ribbon cutting,” said Alexis Brown, executive secretary to the city manager. “We are so excited with the expansion of the library. We are able to accommodate the ever-growing population of Imperial. We are the seventh fastest growing city in the state. The library has a lot of programs to offer like the literacy program. The library will also use the council chambers. We have been told we have one of the nicest council chambers in the state.”
Armando Aguilar, engineering technician and inspector, along with Othon Mora, building inspector, designed the project in-house. This saved the city about $40,000.
“We still have more to do,” said Mora. “Some carpeting will be replaced. We will upgrade more of the building when funds are available. We will make the existing building the same design as the new addition with matching fascia. We added 3,475 square feet to the existing building.”
Christina Carter, library administrator, explained how the new space would help the entire community.
“We need this expansion because we were out of space to serve the community,” said Carter. “It’s a work in progress. There will be other phases in the future. This will help us do a better job. We will show movies in the new council chambers on minimum days, etc.”
“It’s been a long time coming,” said Mayor Donald Cox. “A lot of planning went into this project, and a lot of money, but it’s worth it. The library is very important to our community.”
The cost of the project was $1.5 million. Funds for the project were derived from the former City of Imperial Successor and Redevelopment Agency and general fund. Duggins Construction was the contractor.
“We want to invite everyone out to participate in our library programs and attend our city council meetings every first and third Wednesdays,” said Brown. “All donations and sponsorships go to books and programs at the library.”[envira-gallery id=”83398″]