By Barbara Wood
Special to the Almanac
Atherton residents, whose request to the City Council to survey the town about the placement of a new library was not approved, have taken matters into their own hands and created their own survey.
According to former Atherton mayor Didi Fisher, a link to the online survey was emailed to 1,800 residents of Atherton Monday evening, Oct. 24, and by Tuesday morning, at least 50 people had already taken the survey.
The City Council decided by a 3-2 vote at its Oct. 19 meeting to choose town-owned Holbrook Palmer Park as the "preferred site" for a new library. Council members also voted unanimously to request a special meeting to discuss conducting a master plan study of town facilities and buildings. Petitions bearing at least 300 signatures asking for the master plan were presented to the council at the start of the meeting.
Many of the speakers at the packed meeting had asked the town to conduct a survey.
The survey has 10 questions asking how well informed survey takers are about the library issue, their views on usage of the park, how much they use town facilities, and demographic information.