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Keene Library's Noon Year's Eve event

Patrons of all ages enjoy many New Year’s activities as they await the balloon drop to celebrate the New Year during a past Noon Year’s Eve Party at Keene Memorial Library. This year’s party is set for 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. There will a children’s story time for all ages and other activities.

Two of three bond issues on the primary ballot were passed by Fremont voters on Tuesday night, according to the unofficial final results.

Fremonters had the option to approve $2 million bonds for three projects: a renovation of the City Auditorium, the addition of a lazy river into Fremont’s Splash Station and an expansion of the Keene Memorial Library.

Unofficial election results from the county show that the renovation of the City Auditorium and the expansion of the Keene Memorial Library appear to have passed, while the lazy river at the Splash Station appears to have failed.

The City Auditorium is one of Fremont’s main reception halls. It held 242 events in 2017, including company meetings, baptisms and more, according to numbers provided by the city.

The project will help modernize the facility, making it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act by installing new restrooms on the main floor. In addition to other upgrades, the project will add a new community room for meetings and events, expand the kitchen to make it more caterer friendly and refurbish the gymnasium to turn it into a banquet hall.

The project is estimated to cost $3,381,000, according to designs assembled by Schemmer and Associates. The project would not have been possible without the bond issue, Fremont’s recreation manager Kim Koski told the Tribune last month.

Koski could not be reached for comment by press time.

The library project will expand Keene Memorial Library’s space; divide its single open space into separate sections for children, teens and adults; and would include a community meeting room. The total cost of the project is $8 to $10 million and will be funded predominantly through private donations and grants—the $2 million bond will help act as matching funds for many of those grants, Library Executive Director Tina Walker said in an interview last month.

Walker could not be reached for comment by press time.

The Splash Station project would have added a lazy river to the park, which was part of its original conception. It also would have added a new slide and would have cost $2.6 million. The city was not planning on moving forward with the project without the bond’s passage, Koski told the Tribune last month.


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