Pender County hopes to gain land to expand library

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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Members of the Pender County School Board will decide Monday whether to give county commissioners land that is located behind the library in Hampstead.

"Hopefully, the school board will de-property the land over to the county, so we can benefit our citizens and students of this county," said Pender County Commissioner Jimmy Tate. "We are asking that they de-property the land to us so we can build an annex for the library between the school and library."

Tate says Hampstead is one of the fastest growing areas in the county and the nearly three-acres of land would play a vital part when it comes to expanding the library.

"Because the land is extremely valuable in the eastern part of the county and limited," said Tate.  "So we're really depending on the school board to give us that land so we can move forward with initial plains."

Commissioners already have close to $200,000 set aside for phase one of the library expansion, but they'll have to wait until Monday night before they find out if they can start spending it.

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