Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of the Atherton: Lindenwood neighborhood, on Apr 11, 2012 at 8:54 pm Peter Carpenter is a member (registered user) of Almanac Online
More questions that need to be answered:
1 - Is there sufficient data to support the need for an expanded library in order to justify the Town spending millions of dollars on a new library?
2 - Can library funds legally be used to create community meeting spaces?
3 - Could some of the $8 million, which are clearly burning a hole in the pockets of the Town, be used to replace/expand the existing structure and then the balance used to expand Menlo Park and Redwood City libraries - since they are all part of the same library system?
4 - Do the citizens, who own the park and who have funded the library fund, want to give up an important part of the current park to accomodate a library?
5 - Would the library fund pay the Town for the fair market value of the land it would be using in the park?
Posted by Q&A , a resident of the Atherton: other neighborhood, on Apr 12, 2012 at 1:59 pm
This reminds me of High Speed Rail, no one has presented what the budget would look like to cover all the extra town expenses of adding turn lanes, traffic lights, lost rental revenue, replacing existing park offices, upgrading the old library, etc...
Then what does the new library cost to build and staff?
Is ther enough money. If they can use the funds to build a community center in the park, can they build the center next to the existing library?
Hopefully somebody from the Library Task force will post the answers on this blog.