We will be back at RPL Board on April 24 at 4:30 pm to try again for answers to our concerns about the planning process around Central Branch upgrades.
Please attend and show your interest in this important issue.
The meeting starts promptly at 4:30, so please try to arrive a bit earlier for seating.
On March 27 FRPL made a presentation to the Library Board, asking for more information about the Central Branch project. We had hoped for a dialogue or sharing of information. But our concerns were referred to the Library Administration for a response.
The following are articles and letters to the editor concerning the March 27 meeting.
We asked for information the following:
- detailed reasons for needing an upgrade to Central Branch;
- a cost analysis of the upgrades needed to Central Branch;
- the space needs for current and future essential library services;
- the range of funding possibilities (in addition to public private partnerships);
- the application process leading to the choice of a developer;
- more details about the proposal submitted to the P3 Canada fund;
- public discussion about the heritage value of the Masonic Temple and the Central Library Building, and
- the design options that have been considered for adaptive reuse of these heritage buildings
A letter from the Library Director dated April 17, 2012 arrived after FRPL had met the formal deadline for making a submission to the April 24 meeting. Jeff_Barber_Letter_-_April_17,_2012