The proposed Cloquet Public Library's estimated $2.3 million renovation and expansion project has moved another step closer to reality.

The Cloquet City Council unanimously approved a contract Tuesday, March 19, with Meyer Group Architecture in Duluth for engineering and architectural services.

The council agreed to pay Meyer Group $123,000 for services relating to the design and construction of a library addition.

In December, Cloquet received a $784,000 library construction grant from the Minnesota Department of Education to expand the 12,000-square-foot facility by 7,000 square feet.

Cloquet City Administrator Aaron Reeves said the city would pay itself back for the services when it bonded for the remainder of the money.

He also said that if cost estimates came back higher than expected, the city can still put a halt to the project. In that scenario, the city would still owe $123,000, which would come from the city's library or general funds.