Letter: Confessions of a library hugger
Original post made on Oct 31, 2012
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on Oct 31, 2012 at 5:15 pm
We currently have several open buildings in the park which could do the meetings, art and history, guest speakers, that you suggest.
"Our new one can become a magnet for guest speakers, community meetings, exhibits for art and history and science, forums for debate and instruction, as well as an access point for the newest information technology and we already have the money collected to build it."
Why don't we test to see if these programs bring people before we turn over the open space. It maybe that people prefer to go to Keplers or any of the local schools or universities.
Do we have all the money to do it? Someone just posted we have $6M and need $8M.
on Oct 31, 2012 at 9:42 pm
"Library at additional cost", You are either not reading Measure F ballot language correctly or are intentionally spreading misinformation.
1. No open space can be used for the library in the park as outlined in ballot Measure F. If voters pass Measure F and open space is used to build the library, the project will be illegally built.
2. The town's former finance director publically stated, and had convincing projections to support the claim, that by the time the library is built, the fund that is reserved exclusively for library use will exceed $8 million.
Please, before you vote, know the facts. If you understand the facts, and still don't want a library in the park, vote no on Measure F.
If you understand the facts and it makes sense to you to build the library in the park, vote yes on Measure F.
It's as simple as that. Don't be deceived by spin -- on either side.
on Nov 1, 2012 at 5:52 am
Measure F reads::: "Should the Town of Atherton construct a new library in Holbrook-Palmer Park using funds dedicated for library purposes only, by replacing the Main House and some surrouding patios and walkways?"
It does not read "open space". The Main House is 3,800 square feet- that means more than 6,000 square feet of "surrounding patio and walkways" to build a 10,000 square foot library. Patios and walkways are considered "Open Space".
Currently there is $5M in the fund and the library needs $3M more in "Additional Funds" raised from taxes and it needs the land donated.
A twenty acre park is a great place to build anything. How do you know people will turn out for this wonderful community center? The town has had the main house and the beautiful patio that surrounds it for 50 years and the community events such as the Town Bar B Que and Day in the Park have ended.
Is staff going to be hired to put on these community events? How can the library budget pay for Atherton Community events?
With Kepler's, the Menlo Library, the Circus Club, Stanford, Sharon Heights, Menlo Park, and the numeruos schools in the area all hosting events, the ending of Atherton's Town Bar B Que and Day in the Park-Do you think there is a possibility this library could be a White Elephant that forever changes our park?
Again- Why don't we test to see if these programs bring people before we turn over the open space? It maybe that people prefer to go to Keplers or any of the local schools or universities. Use the existing facility. Most people would prefer to be outside on the 6,000 square foot "non-open space" Patio and walkway.