The EIR mandates that the library not exceed 13,500 square feet. Whether the library meets this maximum or is smaller is a decision that will be made by the town. Statements that the library will be larger are simply untrue.
For the last decade revenues raised by events held at the existing "main house" have fallen hundreds of thousands of dollars short of the costs related to holding these events. The new library, which would replace this aging structure, saves the town this financial burden.
Dedicated funding is in place to not only build and operate the new library in the park, but also to fund its fair share of maintenance costs for the park and potentially pay for a much needed traffic signal at Middlefield and Watkins. Choosing to place the library in the park would decrease the park's operating budget and represent savings to the town's annual operating budget.
Those opposed to Measure F allege that no public meetings were held to allow the community to participate in the process of site selection for the new library. This is simply not true, and they know it, since many of them attended these meetings. This type of misrepresentation should make us all wonder what their real agenda is.
A full public process has been followed in planning the new library, including the hiring of independent consultants, the execution of numerous environmental studies, countless hours spent by town residents on many committees. The unanimous conclusion reached by all these entities and the Atherton City Council is that the park is the best site for the new library.
It's time to get a new, modern and beautiful library built in Holbrook-Palmer Park.
Former Atherton Planning Committee Chairman