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Judge: Library must move
A Superior Court judge removed a potential distraction for Glynn County in starting its own library system when he denied a request by the multi-county Three Rivers Library System to remain in its offices in Brunswick.

Glynn County Superior Court Judge Roger Lane denied the Three Rivers system's request for a temporary restraining order Wednesday to prevent Glynn County from evicting it from offices it occupies at the Brunswick-Glynn County Library, 208 Gloucester St., or to force the county to pay for it to move.

Three Rivers sought the order after Glynn County gave it an eviction letter April 11 to move out by June 30. The county had previously pulled out of what was a seven-county system after a long-running dispute over control of funds raised for the St. Simons Island library and squabbling over county appointees to library boards.

Three Rivers claimed in its request for a restraining order that it was entitled to stay or to receive moving expenses, because, after moving its regional headquarters to the Brunswick Glynn County Library building in 2003, the system provided $1.5 million to renovate the facility. It also said the state gave an additional $2 million for renovations.

But Glynn County owns the library building and there was no signed lease between the parties, the county contended in its response to the request for a restraining order.

Lane told Three Rivers it had been given ample time to prepare for the move and that because the county owned the building, it would have to comply with the eviction, Glynn County Commissioner Richard Strickland said.

"They know that by June 30, they have to be out of the building," Strickland said.

With only 11 days until both the downtown and St. Simons Island libraries become Marshes of Glynn Libraries, Glynn County Commission Chairwoman Mary Hunt says the transition out of the Three Rivers system is going well.

"I think it is going to be an enhancement for the county," Hunt said. "The outlook is very positive."

She likes the energy she has seen from the first director of Marshes of Glynn Libraries, Geri Lynn Mullis of St. Simons Island, and says she hopes things go well July 1. That is when the Three Rivers system must be out of the downtown library building.

If it has not moved by that time, Hunt says the next step would be for the county to get a dispossessory warrant to force it out. "I hope it doesn't come to that, though," she said.

With Glynn County out of the Three Rivers System, the remaining counties are Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Long, McIntosh and Wayne.

* Reporter Michael Hall writes about public safety, environment and other local topics. Contact him at mhall@thebrunswicknews.com, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 320.



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