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      Southside library selection woes commission

      In Dougherty County's Monday commission meeting, board members discussed the future of the Southside Library.Last week the Dougherty County governmental affairs committee outlined a selection process for those who want to occupy the facility.During Monday's meeting, commissioners had the chance to review this process.Commissioner John Hayes says we have several organizations lined up to take over the facility and he doesn't want a lengthy process to overshadow the needs of the community.

      Sometimes we can certainly create some obstacles that will serve to only discourage those who want to do good for our community and that was what we need to be careful about, said John Hayes, Dougherty County Commissioner.

      The administrator for Dougherty County has determined that the county does not have a need for the facility.Now the next step in the selection process involves seeking out city or state entities that may have use for the building. If there are any, they will be considered along with six Albany organizations that have expressed interest.Governmental Affairs Chairperson Gloria Gaines says although the county is exhausting all options to select an occupant, no agency takes priority over another. This selection process is simply placed to make sure the best candidate is chosen.

      We certainly regret not being able to provide library services, but if there is an opportunity to replicate that in some or put something of similar use in there then we'd certainly be interested in doing that, said Gloria Gaines, Dougherty County Commissioner.

      Gaines states that it is the will of the board to do what is best for the community.Stay connected to as stories develop and the FOX 31 Newscast at 10 PM. Visit us on Facebook and Twitter to join in on the conversation and connect with FOX 31!