The board that oversees the East Baton Rouge Parish library system decided on Thursday to leave the $19 million downtown library project on its schedule of construction projects while it meets with Metro Council members over the next 30 days to hear their concerns.
Library Board Chairwoman Kizzy Payton said after the meeting that the board is “trying to figure out what the council wants” and whether board members can address concerns that council members have expressed about the project.
Library System Director David Farrar had placed an item on the board’s agenda for Thursday to remove the River City branch library project from the construction schedule.
Farrar said he did so at the request of acting city-parish Department of Public Works Director William Daniel.
Farrar said after the meeting that Daniel told him that’s what Holden wanted done; Daniel denied saying that when contacted late Thursday. Holden did not respond to several requests for comment this week on his position.