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Dayton Metro Library Awards Contracts In "Better Future" Plan

Jerry Kenney

The Libraries for a Better Future project is a four stage plan to overhaul the Dayton and Montgomery County Library System. Several contracts were awarded Wednesday in phase one of the plan.

The Otis Elevator Company, Champion Bridge, and  M&R, LLC--all local or regional companies--were all approved for a contracts of around $250,000 each. 

Tim Kambitsch is the library’s executive director. He says within the $187 million dollar project, they are working hard to stay on budget and on time.

“We’ve been worried about inflation becoming a problem for us," he said. "That has not been a issue as yet, but as we see the economy starting to heat up, as we see a lot of other construction projects beginning, that we are worried that the competition for labor and the competition for materials and the like may cause troubles for us down the line. So, we have a very aggressive schedule for beginning and completing these projects.”

Dayton Metro Library Executive Director Tim Kambitsch is excited about the new library facilities
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Dayton Metro Library Executive Director Tim Kambitsch.

Phase two of the library plan will be the construction of 6 new branches. Residents in Brookville, New Lebanon, and Kettering will have a chance to weigh in on the design and function of their new libraries at public sessions scheduled for September and October.

Other projects included in the plan are the renovation of the E C Doren Branch in Old North Dayton. That should be completed by year’s end. Work is currently underway to transform the old Hauer Music building on Patterson Blvd. into the libraries new operations center.  That's expected to be completed by February of next year.

Officials say renovation on the Main Library downtown should start by spring of 2015 and be finished a year later. Construction on the six new library branches are expected to begin by summer 2015.

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.