Extension office expands
addition will give county
more meeting space
BEDFORD, Ky. (July 2003) The Trimble County Cooperative
Extension Service, located on Hwy. 421 just south of downtown Bedford,
will open bidding for a facility expansion project on July 15, according
to Extension Service employee Michael Pyles. Pyles, an agriculture and
natural resources agent, said bids will be accepted for construction
of a 2,500-square-foot addition to the buildings meeting room.
The architectural firm of Scott Klausing & Co. has created plans
for the addition, which will nearly double the facilitys meeting
space. The current meeting room has a maximum seating capacity of 75.
When combined with the addition, the meeting space will expand to seat
approximately 125. The plans will also allow the new, approximately
50x50-foot meeting area to be closed off by partition to create two
separate meeting rooms.
by Ruth Wright
left, Jane Proctor, Mary Lou
Stewart and Mike Pyles.
Since moving from the courthouse to its current location
in April 1996, the extension office has provided meeting space for many
county organizations. Weve had a lot of demand for the use
of our meeting facility, said Pyles.
The demand, which has been steady over the years, was what prompted
the decision to expand the space. It wasnt until the property
was paid off this spring, however, that plans could go forward for the
addition. Now that we have the building paid off, our extension
office has decided to add to that, said Pyles.
Many area organizations, including Trimble County Schools, Fiscal Court
and EMS have used the facility, which is open for use by educational
or non-profit groups only.
Its not for use of private parties. No birthday parties
or receptions, said Jane Proctor, the Family and Consumer Sci-ences
Primarily, Trimble County organizations have used the facilitys
meeting space, said Proctor, but it has also played host to multi-county
extension meetings and meetings of organizations from outside the county.
The expansion will likely increase the number of groups who use the
facility. It will also allow additional extension service programs that
were formerly held elsewhere to be located at the site. That could include
the 4-H Reality Store program, a mock-community headed by
Proctor that teaches local eighth- and 10th-grade students budgeting
and economics. Booths are set up to represent stores, where students
can purchase necessities such as automobiles. Students are assigned
salaries based on their GPAs, according to Proctor, which they learn
to budget. The program was previously held in another location due to
the amount of space needed to set up booths.
For a program that large we had to find another facility to house
it, said Pyles. But with the expanded meeting room, we might
be able to do that here, he said.
In addition to meeting space, the building houses a conference room
and extension service offices. The extension service staff includes
agents Pyles and Proctor and staff assistant Mary Lou Stewart. A new
4-H extension agent will be added soon. That position has been vacant
for a year since the last 4-H agent left. Pyles and Proctor have shared
the duties of the position since then.
Construction on the addition should begin this summer once bids are
secured and an offer accepted. We hope to be in the new facility
by sometime in December, said Pyles.
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