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November 29, 2009 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Good use of old hospital – Library Provides Lift – The Examiner

The Examiner
Posted Nov 28, 2009 @ 12:37 AM

The space may be just a fraction of what used to be available, but the move is only temporary.

This week, the Mid-Continent Public Library’s Independence North branch opened the doors to a new location – the former Independence Regional Health Center.

The temporary spot, 11,000 square feet compared to the 43,000 square feet in the branch’s U.S. 24 home, is expected to last about a year while the library undgoes a major renovation. Library officials say the new-improved library will be a destination library.

Thumbs up to the library and the library staff for continuing with a forward-thinking approach to meeting the needs of the community. These renovations come after the library’s genealogy center moved into it’s own location on Lee’s Summit Road, giving the facility at 317 W. U.S. 24 room for this much-anticipated expansion.

The temporary location boasts 80,000 materials accessible to the public and another 170,000 materials stored in the basement. While that area is closed the the public, the materials are still available for checkout. Library officials should be commended for their efforts in ensuring the public still has access to the necessary material.

Thumbs up, also, to the library officials, Independence School District and city of Independence in working together to come up with a viable solution. Not only does using the hospital enable the public to continue access to the books and research materials, but it also makes invaluable use of a facility that has been vacant for more than two years. While the plans for the old hospital’s future use are still being laid out, it’s good to see the building will get some kind of use during the next year.


November 29, 2009 at 7:50 am Leave a comment

Don Reimal gets another term – Independence, MO – The Examiner

By A staff report –
The Examiner
Posted Nov 21, 2009 @ 12:51 AM
Independence, MO —

Mayor Don Reimal will run unopposed for a second term as Independence mayor in April’s election.

Reimal was the only resident to submit a nominating petition for the mayoral seat.

Nominating petitions were due by 5 p.m. Friday for the seat and the two at-large council member seats.

Only three residents filed for the two at-large council member seats, which means a primary election will not take place in February, according to City Clerk Jane Pickett Sharon.

At-Large Council members Jim Schultz and Lucy Young both filed for re-election, and political newcomer Elisa Breitenbach also submitted a nominating petition.

The Jackson County Election Board will now certify the nominating petitions.

The general election will take place April 6, 2010.

November 21, 2009 at 8:56 am Leave a comment

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