Friday, September 07, 2007

Library requests expansion

UPDATE>>>We continue having discussions with the library but have asked them to look at an improvement of 5 mil. instead of 10mil. This would basically cover updating aged infrastructure and staff space. The Library board has come to the City Council asking for funding to expand the facility 25,000 sq. ft. The board and a consultant told us we were far behind the times and much needed to be done to meet the proper requirments of a library in our community. We will be looking at our budget to come up with about $75,000 to study space and facility development costs of which a final cost could be somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 million dollars.

I look forward to much public participation in this process as we move forward. I think out of all the projects I have been involved in over my past 15 years on the Council, this could be the most rewarding. We will not only be able to provide our residents and our children with a state of the art library facility, but will also be able to demonstrate green technology and planning in this effort.

Please write me with your thoughts.