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Central teardown decision and ways to respond

The RPL presented an update about the future of Central Library to the City of Regina Executive Committee at 9 am on Wed Sept 7th. The RPL Board had looked at 7 options, but they were not shared with the public. Without obtaining public views on the options, the RPL Board decided to tear down the current Central Library and build a new one. But the RPL’s vote will not be made until their Sept. 27 Board meeting.

People can view the RPL reports about Central Library at the RPL website on Friday Sept. 16 sometime after 12 noon. https://www.reginalibrary.ca/about/leadership/board-meetings-2022

A request to make a presentation and written submissions must be in to the RPL by 12 Noon on Tuesday Sept. 20. (Please follow instructions exactly, phone the RPL if you have any doubts or questions. They are extremely strict about their rules.) https://www.reginalibrary.ca/about/leadership/presenting-to-the-board Specify that you want your submission to go to all of the Board members. And specifically state that you want to make a presentation on Sept. 27th.

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Presentations and letters about Central’s future

The following letters were submitted to the City of Regina Executive Committee’s meeting on September 7, 2022, where the RPL made their proposal to tear down the current Central Library building and build a new building.

FRPL news release FRPL News Release – Sept 6, 2022 final

FRPL (letter sent in, presentation made) FRPL to Regina Exec Ctte Sept 1, 2022 – final

Florence Stratton (letter sent in, presentation made) EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CENTRAL LIBRARY

Jeannie Mah  (letter sent in, presentation made) RPL + Central Library_ Sept 7, 2022

Jim Elliott  (letter sent in, presentation made) EX22-82 Jim Elliott

Shawne Arzab (letter sent in)Shawne Arzab to Regina Exec Ctte Sept 1, 2022 final

Central Library Proposal Sept 7 at City Executive Committee

The Regina Public Library Board will present its proposal about the future of Central Library at 9 am on Wed Sept 7th

Direct link to Agenda http://reginask.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=14&ID=4610&Inline=True

Direct link to the PDF that contains the RPL proposal and citizen presentations    http://reginask.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=4610&Inline=True

First the RPL will make its presentation, then the citizens will make their presentations. RPL presentation (pages 189 to 208).

Delegations – EX22-82 (presentations) 

• Joanne Havelock, Friends of the Regina Public Library

• Jim Elliott

• Barbara McNeil

• Florence Stratton

• Jeannie Mah

Communications
– Letters were sent in by:

  • Joanne Havelock, Friends of the Regina Public Library (pages 17 to 19),
  • Jim Elliott (page 20) plus RPL Building Assessment Report (pages 21 to 185 including RPL Modernization, Order of Magnitude Cost Estimate pages 155 to 185).
  • Shawne Arzab (pages 186-187)
  • Florence Stratton (but not included in this agenda)

You can attend the meeting in person. Or, the meeting will be broadcast through the City of Regina’s meeting portal and through Access Communications  See details on this page  http://reginask.iqm2.com/Citizens/default.aspx  (City Council meetings are usually broadcast on Access channel 7 TV, but Committee meetings are not usually broadcast on TV, so watch online or attend in person.)

In future, if you go to the City website, the link  http://reginask.iqm2.com/Citizens/default.aspx is to the meeting portal of the City of Regina. Scroll down, identify the meeting, and select Agenda, Agenda Packet, live video of the meeting, minutes, recorded video of meeting.

Also, at any time you can send in letters to the City Clerks clerks@regina.ca to pass on to the Councillors, and email or phone City Councillors directly.

Building ideas about Central Library

On Feb. 5, members of the public talked about what they would like to see in library services at Central Library.  The participants also gave many suggestions regarding the library building, such as:

  • keep the current building,
  • add another storey or two onto the current building,
  • build an addition on the land west of the current building,
  • build up and over the current building,
  • use the City Hall parkade in some way,
  • become part of the development along the railroad west of the Main Post Office,
  • use some of the other vacant lots in the downtown,
  • have more than one library building location downtown,
  • have a library building and a community centre downtown.

These suggestions have been made in the past, and the Library Board claims to have looked at them. But the public has not seen any reports that review these ideas.

The library must first look at what services it wants to provide. This was part of previous consultations with the public and library staff.  https://www.reginalibrary.ca/cld/ The public views will be updated by the current survey. The summation of these ideas should be presented to the public for thorough discussion and prioritization.

The public should also see engineering and architectural reports on the possibilities of the many options concerning the Central Library building, including costs.

After public consensus is achieved, then decisions should be made and efforts to get community support behind funding options could go ahead.

Survey on Central Library

The RPL has a survey about Central Library.
– fill it out online https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DCBBK5Y
– print and fill in the attached PDF and bring to a library
– ask for a print copy at any library branch to fill in there

The deadline for filling out the survey is not know, but the consultants want to get their report done in the next couple of months, so try to fill out the survey in the next few days. Public opinion does work and we are the public.

Some things to note:
– The questions are reasonably open-ended.
– Question 8 allows you to add your own comments.
– Question 5 neglects to mention:
………..the Prairie History Room
………..being a source for reference material and research
………..literacy programs
………..Outreach Services https://www.reginalibrary.ca/services/outreach
– The survey doesn’t ask whether you would like to see the current building preserved or ask ideas about how the space could be expanded (extra floors, build on to the west, build up-and-over, use the City Hall parkade for parking, locate some services in another building). How to improve it cost-effectively. Please indicate your suggestions.
– Think about what the Central Library’s role should be in Regina’s downtown. And the options for other organizations or buildings to fill these roles.

We encourage you to look at the previous reports.
Project Main page  https://www.reginalibrary.ca/about/major-projects
Previous reports https://www.reginalibrary.ca/cld/
– Dialogue community survey
– Central Library building assessment
– Development plan, lots of information and ideas here, see page 85-86 for overview of site, ideas about each area of the library, services that could be provided and space needed.

FRPL members will be meeting to discuss plans concerning Central Library. If you would like to participate in these discussions, please email us, or phone (306) 535-9570

Over 100 people turned out for the meeting on Feb. 5 ! Most were in favour of retaining the current library building, some agreeing with renovations or additions if needed. Many good questions were asked and suggestions made. Here is CTV news coverage https://regina.ctvnews.ca/regina-public-library-looking-to-improve-downtown-location-1.4801093?fbclid=IwAR1vhRuZjsJ9W-y9B8lMfR-1qbB05nSD3FGOJO–9XjsTtbs811j1qR91Ao

Central Library building future Feb 5, 2020

The future of the Central Library building will discussed on Wednesday February 5 at 7 pm on the Mezzanine floor of Central Library.

PLEASE ATTEND as these meetings by consultants will guide future steps regarding Central Library.

See invitation letter from RPL below and attached poster. More information is also available on the RPL website https://www.reginalibrary.ca/about/major-projects

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Subject:RPL Open House – February 5th – 7 p.m.Date:Thu, 30 Jan 2020 18:46:33 +0000
From:Jeff Barber
Dear Partners & Stakeholders,
As you may be aware, the RPL Board of Directors and Management team are reviewing options for a renewed Central Library. To support the review of Central, the Board of Directors contracted the services of Colliers Project Leaders and KPMG to develop a business case about the future of Central Library.
RPL is hosting a community open house to provide background, a summary of activities to date, main objectives of the business case, and potential future activities stemming from it, followed by a Q&A session. Your feedback is important to us and we want to ensure you are invited to have your say!
Details are provided in the attached poster as well as below:
Date: February 5, 2020
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Mezzanine
Second Floor, Central Library
2311 – 12th Ave
We hope that you can attend to provide your valuable feedback.
Sincerely,
Jeff Barber
Library Director & CEO
Regina Public Library

RPL Budget at City Hall Dec 9

City Hall will offer its approval or disapproval of the RPL request for a 2.3% increase in its mill rate. FRPL will be making a presentation to City Council about the RPL 2020 budget on December 9, 2019 at 5:30. FRPL is first on the agenda right at 5:30. https://www.regina.ca/city-government/city-council/council-meetings/ The FRPL presentation starts on page 8 of the agenda packet. http://reginask.iqm2.com/Citizens/default.aspx Also available for download here FRPL to City re RPL budget 2020 – final

The RPL Budget was first discussed by the City at the Executive Committee meeting on November 13 http://reginask.iqm2.com/Citizens/calendar.aspx
The RPL budget starts on page 103 of the Agenda Packet for the November 13 meeting of Executive Committee  http://reginask.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=3952&Inline=True

Public presentations will be on December 9, City Council will then meet on December 10 to handle motions relate to budget items. So the actual vote on the RPL budget mill rate request may not occur until December 10. This two day process is new to City Council this year.

Public meeting comments on Central Library reports

FRPL’s public meeting brought forward a number of points of discussion regarding the RPL’s recent reports on the Central Library upgrade.

FRPL mtg re reports on Central, June 9, 2015

Consultation & building assessment reports available on-line now

Links to the Dialog consultations report and the Group Two building assessment report are available here.
http://www.reginalibrary.ca/cld/

Leader Post article
http://www.leaderpost.com/…/Regina+libr…/10919215/story.html

Central building conditions & consultation to be discussed

Central Library will be discussed at the RPL Board meeting, Tuesday March 24 at 4:30 pm, second floor Boardroom.

– Jennifer Fix of DIALOG will be making a presentation about the consultation process this summer.

– An engineering firm will be making a presentation on their assessment of the physical condition of the library building.

Please attend if you can.

Please try to get there about 4:15 so seating can be arranged if there are a lot of people attending.

The Dialog report should be available on-line shortly after the Board meeting. Most likely at this webapge: http://www.reginalibrary.ca/cld

And could be at this site that has the Dialog consultation process material from 2014 http://www.reginalibrary.ca/centralengagement