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Drive begins for new Atkins library and city hall

Angela Gammill, Atkins resident, will lead the Atkins Library and City Hall Capital Fundraising Campaign as its Campaign Chair.

Gammill was born and raised in Atkins, is married to Billy Gammill, and has two children, Parker, age 4 and Brady, age 2 . Angela Gammill works for Automatic Data Processing as a Service Delivery Manager. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Iowa and a Law Degree from Drake University.

Gammill has been a volunteer with the AIM Foundation (Atkins Improvement Mission) for the past two years as this not-for-profit organization has planned this community project. Most recently, Gammill has worked with Ralph Savoy, Campaign Director, Consult Savoy, Inc., Cedar Rapids, to recruit additional volunteers to the Campaign Leadership Team.

“Campaign volunteers are still welcome and needed,” Gammill said. “We could use your help, please contact me or the Atkins Library to find out more information,” she said.

The Campaign Leadership Team will work under the leadership of Campaign Chair Angela Gammill and the direction of Campaign Director Ralph Savoy to make decisions about the campaign and then to conduct the campaign raising the funds necessary for building a new Atkins Public Library and City Hall. “We have done a lot of research about this project,” Gammill said. “We have researched several locations, received guidance from a Library Planning expert as to the best location and size of library our area needs, received extensive community feedback, and have decided on a location by Park Ridge Road and 2nd Avenue.”

The Atkins Library and City Hall will be approximately 8,300 square feet. The facility will increase library space comparable to the size of peer Iowa community libraries. “Currently, the Atkins Public Library is about one half the size of the average library of peer Iowa community libraries,” Gammill said. “Our new facility will have a Library Program/Community Room which can be used by the library, community members, and the city council as there is no space for the council to meet in our current city hall,” Gammill said.

Current members of the Campaign Leadership Team include AIM Foundation volunteers, Atkins Library Board of Trustees, and additional community volunteers.

“I am extremely pleased with these volunteers who have joined to plan this capital campaign and work on raising the funds needed,” said Gammill. “After becoming knowledgeable about the library and city hall building project, volunteers will visit with area residents and businesses about this project and provide the opportunity to invest in this building project and campaign. Together, we have a challenge in front of us as the early estimate to complete the entire project is about $1.8 million.”

A new Atkins Library has been worked on for many years. In 2002, Atkins had community meetings to develop an Atkins Strategic Plan. Part of that plan was for a new library and city hall. In 2007, Atkins adopted a Comprehensive Community Plan identifying the need for a new library, city hall, community center, recreational facilities, and other community needs. Some recreational facilities have been added over the last few years. “Part of our early plan included a new gymnasium with a walking track,” Gammill added. “This would be wonderful, but will have to be a Phase Two item unless enough funds are raised in the current fundraising campaign.”

UPDATED October 7, 2009 2:33 PM

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