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Hancock County opts out of deal with library system

Hancock County Library could be forced to close its doors if no agreement is reached between the county and the library system. (Photo source: WLOX) Hancock County Library could be forced to close its doors if no agreement is reached between the county and the library system. (Photo source: WLOX)
HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

The Hancock County Board of Supervisors is opting out of it's interlocal agreement with the cities of Bay Saint Louis and Waveland in connection with the Hancock County Library System.

However, the county is hoping to reach a new agreement with the library system by October. If no deal can be reached, libraries across the county could be forced to close their doors.

The move was designed to bring all of the interested parties in the library system to the table, say officials.

"We want to continue the conversation we have been having with all parties over the past few months," Board of Supervisors President Blaine LaFontaine said Tuesday. "According to the agreement, we had to give 60 days notice that we were opting out. That deadline was this April."

Executive Director Courtney Thomas with the Hancock County Library System says the library is determined to come to an agreement with the county and remain open.

"We know moving forward this is a positive thing," she said. "We can't dilly-dally, drag our feet. We need to make sure we're moving fast and hard towards a new library services contract."

Thomas also says her board of trustees is committed to working with the board of supervisors and the three cities the library serves to reach a new agreement before the end of September.

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