Gwinnett library board to consider budget adjustments

Gwinnett library officials, recently on the ropes because of funding shortfalls, will discuss services it can now offer in the wake of the county's passage of its $1.3 billion 2010 budget earlier this week.

The budget includes restoring the library system's $18.9 million funding. Officials had faced 10 percent cuts as late as last fall and proposed a series of controversial measures to trim services. Ultimately, the library board voted to reduce hours at all branches to 35 hours a week in order to staff the new Hamilton Mill Library, which is set to open this spring.

County commissioners said the restored funding will allow all branches to operate about 50 hours a week.

The meeting begins with public comment at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Five Forks Branch, 2780 Five Forks Trickum Road, Lawrenceville.