Unstable soil causes library setback

Lee County Oakland Library and Conference Center. / Jessica Fairley

During Thursday's special called meeting the Lee County Board of Commissioners approved a measure to allow contractors to replace unstable soil on the Oakland Library and Conference Center site.

"The soil was not suitable for the base and they had to be amended with sand," said Joey Davenport, Chief Building Officer for Lee County.

Because of minor setbacks, the board had to extend their one year contract with the hired architectural firm.

The Oakland Library is 80 percent complete and officials say if all turns out well they could be done by early September.

"It really depends on the weather and how significant the soil problems that we've encountered wound up being," said Joey Davenport.

Although soil issues have hindered progress on the parking lot, commissioners are confident that the project as a whole is coming along just fine.

"Furniture will be installed maybe the second week in August we're on schedule and things are looking great," said Ed Duffy, Lee County Commission Chair.

Duffy stresses that they want to fix the base issues now, in order to avoid any potential safety or structural issues in the future.

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