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Keene Memorial Library

Conservation Nebraska will host a discussion on water quality and regenerative farming at Keene Memorial Library this Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. The event will feature three guest speakers.

City of Fremont personnel recently removed two, large pin oak trees near Keene Memorial Library.

These trees and two remaining houses on the block are being removed to make room for an addition for the library.

The Friends of Keene Memorial Library A Trust owned the houses, but gifted them to the city earlier this year.

After asbestos was removed from the homes, the Fremont City Council awarded a demolition contract in September to S2 Rolloffs for $15,950 to remove the homes.

With the trees removed, S2 will begin the demolition of the homes, Fremont City Administrator Brian Newton said in a prepared statement.

Once the homes are removed, the basements will be filled and the two lots will be turned into a temporary parking lot until the library expansion has begun.

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While library patrons will enjoy additional parking, the goal is to use at least most of this space for a new addition to the library, Newton said.

Fremont voters approved issuing bonds of $2 million for the project in May 2018.

Since then, the Friends of the Library group has been working to raise funds for the expansion.

Laura England-Biggs, interim library director, expressed appreciation for progress that’s taken place.

“We’re so pleased that the expansion project is moving forward,” she said. “We recognize how difficult it is for some to watch the removal of these homes. We’re committed to making the change a positive one for the community.”

England-Biggs is grateful for help from city workers.

“Our thanks go out to the utility department for their assistance in removing the trees, which was necessary to allow the equipment on site,” England-Biggs said. “We are also grateful to Troy Schaben (assistant city administrator-utilities) for organizing the removal of the houses on our behalf.”

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Tammy Real-McKeighan is news editor of the Fremont Tribune. She covers news, features, religion stories and writes the weekly faith-based, Spiritual Spinach column.

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