Your Opinion: What happened to plans for new library?

Dear Editor:

I think it’s a shame that the library wants money to make “repairs” to the current library. I know that there are things that need to be repaired, because for more than a year, when going to the rest room, the faucet at the sink has been leaking. It no longer leaks though. It now runs almost as fast as when turning the water on. I have reported this in the past, but nothing has been done about it. This is a simple repair, requiring either new gaskets or a new faucet.

However, rather than repairs, what happened to the new library plan? A lot of money was spent acquiring architectural drawings and plans, not to mention community input. Was this totally abandoned when the site that was chosen was taken by the Supreme Court? I would hope not.

One of the things that the community requested was more disabled parking spaces, which the drawing showed. One space at the side of the library and one across the street in the free lot is not adequate. This ignores the reasons why these permits are issued. They are not issued just for difficulty or inability ambulating, but also for difficulties breathing.

The time on the meters in front of the building is not adequate to make up the difference. You are allowed two hours on the computers, so two hours on the meter is inadequate to accommodate this, especially when other things may need to be done.

What happened to these plans for the new library. Was all that money and time simply wasted?

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