Geauga County Public Library trustees recently voted unanimously to purchase 4.5 acres of land north of Thompson Square on State Route 528 for a new library branch building and to pay $52,000 for four parcels that were once the old Thompson School building and football field.
An approximately 6,000 to 8,000 square foot library is planned at a cost of between $1.5 million and $3 million. According to director Ed Worso, it will take several years to plan, design and build with expectations of opening in late 2020.
The new library will replace the Thompson Library Station that was in the former Ledgemont High School until the district transferred to the Berkshire School District. It is currently in Ledgemont Elementary on Burrows Road.
Other revitalization projects in Thompson include the development of the former Crandall Ford Dealership and surrounding property, the development of the Lantern Assisted Living Community at the former high school, improvements to the four-suite apartment on the corner of Madison and Thompson Roads, and improvements at the Thompson Ledge Park.
The Berkshire Local School District has a 3.65 mill bond/tax levy on the May 8 primary to build a school building for pre-kindergarten through grade 12 on the Kent State Geauga Campus. For information, go to www.Berkshireschools.org.
A Memorial Day Observance will be held on Monday, May 28 at 11 a.m. at the Maple Grove Cemetery. Other summer events scheduled include entertainment in the Park on June 12, July 10 and Aug. 14, the 4th of July event and the Community Yard Sale on Saturday, Aug. 4. Community news “Thompson Tidbits” is available on the township website, www.thompsonohio.org.
Trustees hold a public meeting the first and third Wednesday of every month at the Ledge Park Building at 7 p.m.