The protracted effort to settle on a site for the new Lexington Park library was extended a few weeks more Tuesday when the St. Mary's County Board of Commissioners postponed a decision.
"We do not yet have enough information to make a decision. Our plan is to continue to gather information and continue talking to folks," said Commissioners President Julie B. Randall (D-At Large), after the elected officials emerged from a closed-door session on the issue.
Randall's announcement was a disappointment to library officials and trustees who had waited for almost two hours in hopes of hearing a decision.
The existing Lexington Park library is the smallest but busiest branch in the county's system. In May, the commissioners authorized $3.5 million for construction of a new library. The search for a new site began after library officials learned that expanding or building at the current location is not allowed by the county's own zoning limits.
Randall said the commissioners have narrowed their choice to two sites: the county-owned Nicolet Park or the Gabrelcik property, a four-acre site near the existing library.
An advisory board that studied possible sites recommended Nicolet Park.
If the county were to acquire the Gabrelcik property, "not only are they [commissioners] buying land but they're also taking land off tax rolls," said Charlotte C. Young, a library trustee.
The advantage of Nicolet Park is that it is already owned by the county, she said.