Mike Moak beams like a proud papa as he stands in front of the newly-renovated Madison County Library.
“I am so appreciative of the support of the staff and everyone else who helped get us to this point,” Moak said. “I feel like this is my grandbaby — I’m as proud of this as anything.”
Moak is the long-time president of the library’s board of trustees, and along with Athens Regional Library System director Kathryn Ames, has helped spearhead the project, which was only one of two library-building projects funded by the state in 2011.
Groundbreaking for the expansion was held in April of last year and work began almost immediately. Moak said thing we slow, at first due to weather and other issues, but has been progressing steadily. “We’re only slightly behind,” Moak said.
He said county maintenance director Alan Lapcyzinski has been a great help, working closely with the contractor, Siloam Construction.
“It (building project) has provided work for a lot of local folks during this economic downturn,” Moak said.
And it’s hats off to former senator Ralph Hudgens. “He was a huge help in us actually getting this done before he left to be insurance commissioner,” Moak said. He hopes Hudgens, along with representatives Alan Powell, Tom McCall and senator Frank Ginn, who were all supportive, will be present at the ribbon-cutting.
Mike Moak is pictured in the expanded Madison County Library.
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