Council close to making a decision over library

By ADRIAN MILLER

A DECISION as to whether the Maclean Library will be moved to make way for a supermarket is expected soon, according to the Clarence Valley Council corporate services director Ross Bryant.

Mr Bryant said a report would be prepared for council by March, after tenders expressing an interest in redeveloping the site closed on Monday.

Mr Bryant said tenders from two companies, Lanai Pty Ltd and Travemist Pty Ltd, had been received.

"We'll do an assessment of the proposals, prepare some costing for the council, look at what we believe are the benefits of each of the proposals and develop a balanced report for the consideration of council," he said.

"I don't believe we will have a report ready for the February meeting, but we will definitely get it to the March meeting."

The Clarence Valley Council called for tenders late last year after a proposal from Maclean Spar owner Bob Little in August.

Council delayed making a decision and after advice from the Independent Commission Against Corruption, put the idea out to tender.

Mr Bryant said it was impor- tant council remained open and honest in its dealings regarding the site.

"It's public land and council ? when it deals with the disposal of a public asset ? is required to go through a public process and to consider all proposals to ensure the best proposal for the community is the one we end up adopting," he said.

Mr Bryant said public opinion was divided on the issue.



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