Jun 29, 2012 12:46 AM by David Jay
BILLINGS - An estimated 300 supporters of the new library celebrated another step in their dream of a new building for Billings.
The last few weeks, crews replaced the unstable clay and replaced it with a firmer composite material, to prepare the ground for construction.
Last fall, voters approved a $13- million dollar bond.
The library foundation will pay the remaining five-million on the $18-million dollar building.
The Billings family built the first library in 1901, in memory of Parmly Billings.
In 1969, the library moved to the old Billings Hardware building.
This will be the first library the city will build.
"I couldn't be more excited," said Bill Cochran, library director for the Parmly Billings Library. "Couldn't be happier, couldn't be more honored to be the person who gets to stand here and celebrate with you your decision to move forward and build the first buidling that the community of billings has decided to do."
"What this means to us, all of us and those that are not here today and those that will come long after we are gone, this is history," said Tom Hanel, mayor of Billings. "This is an important part of history in the making."
Jackson Contractor's Group of Missoula will start construction after signing the contract.
The building should be complete in December 20-13.