Question: Since 2000… Al Bohachyk - yes or no for branch library?  I think I will base my votes largely on this issue.

Al Bohachyk: Short answer - no.

Longer answer…

I chose to sign the ‘borrowing bylaw’ petition early in that process and volunteered to help Carrie as soon as I spoke to her. Although I didn’t collect nearly the number of signatures as did others, I was a part of that process. I did so because I did not believe the city survey used to support the building of a branch library allowed a proper list of options that residents should have been able to consider. For example, a ‘none of the above’ type question. Other concerns about the proposal were; no design, no site selected, and no firm cost estimate.

Regardless of my personal view, what I saw and heard while collecting signatures was overwhelmingly against the prospect of building a second stand-alone library. About 80% of the folks I talked to were anxious to sign the petition.

To be clear, I’d not support the building of any new ‘stand-alone’ venue right now. Although there is demonstrated need for many different public facilities, we cannot simply agree to build for every request. I understand we must provide a reasonable amount of access to ice surfaces, pools, indoor soccer, library space and many other of our communities expectations, but we must also maintain a balance of what we ‘need’ versus what we can actually ‘afford’.

I believe there are options, which may only become known if we actually start to ask for them, to build new facilities in partnership agreements or in space and infrastructure sharing arrangements. And, it makes sense to me to engage in such decisions when we have some funds saved, so we’re not borrowing the entire amount.

I also believe it would be easier to afford these facilities if we were more diligent about expenses in many other areas of City management and responsibilities. That’s another discussion for another day.

I will have more information in the coming weeks and months, both on this issue and others I think are equally as important, posted on my website and FB page.  



 


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08/14/2017 5:36am

Well, I must say that I am thankful for you have been open with your opinion regarding the issue for the library branch extension. I understand where you are coming from. There are more bigger and urgent issues that the budget can be allocated with rather than in a library. We need to prioritize first the things that should be acted upon. That is a good leadership attitude.

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10/14/2017 11:14am

It is so good to know that you have now cleared yourself from some of the confusion. It is good to know your explanation regarding your side. People will now understand you more about this particular topic. I know this might be something hard for you somehow. But I want to tell you that you are very brave to do this. Thank you for clarifying yourself.

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Can you post a link to your FB page? I will follow you there if you don't mind.

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