Specifically the report discusses traffic issues related to the proposed new library. It is the goal of the town to have a new library offering better and more useable services than exist in the present seismically flawed library. A better library should be more utilized by our community. With more use there would be more traffic no matter where it is located. The report indicates that the proposed site in the park could be the best site available from an environmental perspective. Perhaps conclusions as to whether traffic issues can be mitigated should await the preparation of the final impact report.
Likewise the comment by an elected official that the library would control the park is just simply not correct. The town would own and control the site and building. The library would only control library related operations. The arrangement would be the same as those that exist today regardless of where it would be located. Why wouldn't a library in the park benefit both users of the park and users of the library?
We want the comments and feedback from the community as we continue through the evaluation process. But we want those comments based upon good and correct information. We are fortunate to have an exciting fully funded opportunity before us — let's make it happen.
Denise Kupperman, chair, Atherton Library Building Steering Committee