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TR Library Has Lease Renewal

August 3, 2011 by WLKM 

Three Rivers mayor Ken Baker and commissioners on Tuesday agreed to a five-year lease renewal with the Three Rivers Public Library.

The agreement, however, could mean a well-established lunch business in the library parking lot might be forced to move.

A provision in the agreement gives the library control over the parking lot, including any expenses related to its maintenance. In exchange for relieving the city of maintenance-related costs, the library authority board will have a say in who is allowed to use the lot.

Lifelong Three Rivers resident Mike King has operated the Weenie Kings push-cart hot dog stand since 2007 from the library parking lot. Whether he is allowed to stay on the premises will be left for members of the library authority to eventually decide.

City Commissioner Daryl Griffith mentioned Tuesday that ultimately, the city commission decides who serves on the library board. Griffith said it can make changes if its members don’t agree with decisions made by the library authority board.

The contract calls for the library to continue paying the municipality $500 a month for use of the city-owned building.

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