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Library leaders unveil new design for $19 million expansion

Rendering of Lawrence Public Library entry on the south side. This view shows the southeast corner looking to the northwest.

Rendering of Lawrence Public Library entry on the south side. This view shows the southeast corner looking to the northwest.

July 24, 2011

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Marilyn Stokstad and Bill Crowe, both of Lawrence, inspects renderings what the Lawrence Public Library will look like after the upcoming redesign project during a “Sneak Peek” party Sunday, July 24, 2011 at the library. The redesign is scheduled to begin in the spring and is expected to take two years to complete.

Marilyn Stokstad and Bill Crowe, both of Lawrence, inspects renderings what the Lawrence Public Library will look like after the upcoming redesign project during a “Sneak Peek” party Sunday, July 24, 2011 at the library. The redesign is scheduled to begin in the spring and is expected to take two years to complete.

Former city manager Mike Wildgen inspects renderings what the Lawrence Public Library will look like after the upcoming redesign project during a “Sneak Peek” party Sunday, July 24, 2011 at the library.

Former city manager Mike Wildgen inspects renderings what the Lawrence Public Library will look like after the upcoming redesign project during a “Sneak Peek” party Sunday, July 24, 2011 at the library.

As open as a book.

Leaders of the Lawrence Public Library on Sunday evening unveiled a proposed design for a $19 million expansion of the library at Seventh and Vermont streets that replaces concrete with large windows and turns part of a parking lot into a new grassy public plaza.

“Our eyes all just bugged out when we first saw this design,” said Bruce Flanders, director of the Lawrence Public Library. “We had been waiting for something inspirational like this.”

All four sides of the 40-year old building will get a new look, with long horizontal windows framed by terra-cotta stone, giving the building a more open and natural feel.

About 125 members of the public attended an unveiling event Sunday evening at the library. Among the design features highlighted, were:

• 20,000 square feet of new space will be added to the library. All existing spaces — about 47,000 square feet — also will be completely renovated. The new space will be built around the outside edges of the current building, meaning the library may end up being about 20 feet closer to the street.

• A 70-foot wide grassy plaza will stretch between the library and a new 250-space parking garage that will be just south of the library. The space is expected to accommodate a crowd of 500 people, and it will include a series of terraces to give the area an amphitheater feel.

• Meeting room space will more than double at the new library. The main auditorium will grow from 100 seats to 200 seats, and the library will include three additional meeting rooms plus about a half-dozen study rooms that also could be used for small meetings.

• The children’s area in the library will double in size. It also will include a separate area for storytimes, which currently take place in meeting room space.

• A drive-thru book lane, where people can pick up or drop off items, will be located on the west side of the building. The pedestrian entrance to the building will be on the southeast corner of the building, facing Vermont Street.

• New energy efficiency components have architects hopeful that the new building — despite it being larger — will use about 50 percent of the energy that the library currently uses.

Many of the major design features of the building, such as meeting rooms and additional space, were already known. But the public had been left waiting to see new exterior designs of the building. Lawrence-based Gould Evans architects had offered some preliminary designs during last year’s campaign for the project. But members of the public and some city commissioners asked for the building to be more prominent.

Jane Huesemann, a principal with Gould Evans, said that was challenging since the existing building would not support a taller structure.

“Making the building very transparent so you can really see into and out of it is how we’re trying to achieve that,” she said.

The library plans to host several public forums on the design to get more feedback before taking the plans to the City Commission for approval in mid-August. Dates for the public sessions will be announced in the next few days, Flanders said. Construction is scheduled to start in the spring and is expected to last for 24 months.

Reaction at Sunday’s event was generally positive. Some onlookers said they wished there was more detail available about what the parking garage would look like. It will be situated so the long edges of the garage run east and west, which allows for the plaza area between the library and the garage. Huesemann said current plans call for the garage to be about 10 feet taller than the new library building. If city commissioners decide to add another level to the garage, that discrepancy will grow.

But largely, members of the public were commenting about the possibilities of outdoor films and concerts at the plaza area and about how dramatically different the library will look from the concrete structure that is there today.

“I do like the new style of it,” said Andrea Bowen, Lawrence. “It is very creative, and I think it will set the right mood for a library.”

Comments

homechanger 3 years, 5 months ago

Lawrence cannot repeat cannot do without this library! What will all the cool towns with expensive libraries think of us!

nut_case 3 years, 5 months ago

Wow - it used to be $18 million when 12,800 (14%) of the population voted on how to spend the money of 88,000. So already a million dollars over budget and not a shovel full of dirt turned yet!

DillonBarnes 3 years, 5 months ago

I did a little research before jumping to a conclusion. From the library's website:

The estimated total project cost of the expansion, renovation and parking is $19 million, of which $18 million will be paid for by the bond issue approved last November. The remaining $1 million will be raised by the Library Foundation through a private fundraising campaign.

gr 3 years, 5 months ago

But he did raise a point. What happens when it goes overbudget? Do the voters get to re-vote or is it automatically a done deal?

DillonBarnes 3 years, 5 months ago

Oh, it'll probably go over time and over budget. They'll try to raise private funding but come up short. The city will approve some more funding, but not quite enough and they'll cut part of the plan, then the library will end up looking nothing like the picture and by the time it's done we'll already need to begin renovations on the inside to change something else.

But I'm not jaded or anything.

Curtis Lange 3 years, 5 months ago

I understand designers work hard and take a lot of pride in their designs but that looks ridiculous. Doesn't fit at all with anything downtown. Looks like a child's Lincoln Log set. Next design, please...

geekin_topekan 3 years, 5 months ago

"Doesn't fit at all with anything downtown" ++++ Neither does the present-day library.

LadyJ 3 years, 5 months ago

And yet the Dillon's design was not approved because it was too nondescript.

Mike Myers 3 years, 5 months ago

Totally Curtis! I know: they should make it look just like downtown. They could put a whole bunch of fake storefronts on it so it looks just like downtown and just like the new Dillon's. Or if that doesn't work they could just make it look like a fake really old, big warehouse building. Or maybe they could just stick with the current design and make it bigger. That would fit since the existing library is downtown.

jayhawkmarauder 3 years, 5 months ago

19 million for more places for the homeless to hang out ,hope the budgeted for a couple extra patrolmen, BUILD IT - THEY WILL COME

Soap 3 years, 5 months ago

Too bad nobody knows what books are anymore..

Eride 3 years, 5 months ago

    • Actually it would be a majority of the fraction of the residents who voted on the issue. ~15% of the residents voting with any result hardly qualifies as a "majority".

Everyone who blows off voting should take note of things like this. As asinine as spending $19 million+ for a library when the city can't even fund basic infrastructure is the fact that so many people don't bother to vote.

Liberty275 3 years, 5 months ago

LOL. The majority of Kansans wanted Brownback,

Robert Rauktis 3 years, 5 months ago

I think they need a more diverse cultural representation in the patrons outside their rendering. And maybe a football team. You can build anything as long as it's vaguely attached to a football team. And to be further representative...cheerleaders!

deec 3 years, 5 months ago

How very suburban business park this looks. If they leave off the shades or whatever that is across the front, how much would that save? If they wanted a suburban style building perhaps they should have presented a plan for a suburban satellite library or two. Oh wait! Then they couldn't build a parking garage so all the developers can steal public parking lots and spaces.

verity 3 years, 5 months ago

The Wescoe of downtown Lawrence. I mean that is one butt-ugly building.

Eddie Muñoz 3 years, 5 months ago

But this building is going to actually HAVE a parking garage!

Eddie Muñoz 3 years, 5 months ago

I like it.

But, as always on the LJW comments, haters gonna hate.

kernal 3 years, 5 months ago

Haters probably wouldn't even comment on this because they don't care.

kernal 3 years, 5 months ago

Haters probably wouldn't even comment on this because they don't care.

kernal 3 years, 5 months ago

Haters probably wouldn't comment on this because haters don't care.

Armored_One 3 years, 5 months ago

and this monstrosity is supposed to take HOW long to build?

Armored_One 3 years, 5 months ago

Yes, I know the answer is in the article itself.

I'm just wondering how, if this is supposed to be a major renovation and expansion, will the library be accessible to the general public?

The children's area, especially, will have to be relocated. Well, either that, or the wee one will be dealing with construction waste, and don't give me that nonsense about how it wouldn't get scattered. Go look at any given construction site. Materials, in various phases of use, will be scattered all over the place. I know because I used to work construction and clean up ate into precious building time.

This is definately 'dinner and a show' levels of foolishness

Soap 3 years, 5 months ago

$19 million can buy a Kindle for every man, woman, and child in Lawrence.. Just sayin..

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 5 months ago

But it wouldn't buy any content. And after the Kindles are worn out/obsolete in ten years or less, where does the next $19 million come from?

Liberty275 3 years, 5 months ago

You want free content?

Will six million titles be enough?

http://www.gutenberg.org/

Alabamastreet 3 years, 5 months ago

The dark silhouettes in the back of the drawing are the souls of posters on the LJWorld.com. - wandering aimlessly through the Universe in search of friendship and validation.

kernal 3 years, 5 months ago

Your choice of words is somewhat poetic given that you've been a poster for three years.

lunacydetector 3 years, 5 months ago

i heard in the past that the original library was designed for an extra floor. did the architects have any structural engineers check to see if the building would float an extra floor?

KS 3 years, 5 months ago

UGLY! Can't put it any plainer. The folks of Lawrence voted for this and they deserve what they get. I know I won't go down to see it. Just as UGLY as that power station that they want to build on the north side of the damn. Where do we get these architects? They must be K-State grads and this is a joke, no? Please redesign.

cowboy 3 years, 5 months ago

looks like a really old airport , why not a traditional old town lawrence design that fits in with OWL ? Wait this kinda matches the crappy depot look.

skinny 3 years, 5 months ago

Everything is going digital. What a waste of money! I think we could find better ways to spend our tax dallors! Like how about a building for the SRS office!!!

western_kansas_girl 3 years, 5 months ago

A lot of people don't have the money to buy e-readers and e-books and they will rely on public libraries for these materials just has they have for print books. And a lot of people that do have money don't want to use their limited disposible income buying something they can borrow. Pooling everyones dollars together goes a lot further than everyone building indiviual libraries in their own house.

There are also meeting rooms, pre-school education is offered by way of numerous children's programs, internet access for those with no or slow internet connections, and more.

Please don't pit one valuable public institution against another: both the SRS and the library are essential parts of a healthy Lawrence!

kernal 3 years, 5 months ago

Are we seeing a design revival of the 1950's? Why aren't we doing a two story building, with room for future expansion, to take up less ground space? We're already going to have elevators to the basement for the handicapped - right? Also, I think the days of flat roofs are going to end with the change in the climate. If we're going to have harsher winters with more snow, what's preventing snow from building up on that flat roof? How sustainable will that buiding be?

I don't think enough thought went into this design and that it's also really really UGLY!

Don Whiteley 3 years, 5 months ago

The liberal left made sure that anyone who spoke out against spending $18 million to fund the library expansion, replete with a drive-up book lane, was made to feel like as though they were voting against education. With all the cutbacks in state services to get our budget back in check, and the City of Lawrence closing schools and threatening to increase our taxes next year, I ask again if this was the best way the citizens of Lawrence could have spent $18 million. How many years would $18 million have funded our own SRS offices and we wouldn't have to worry about the State. Or do we ask the state to fund all our necessary services so we can spend out city and county tax money frivilously.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 5 months ago

There is absolutely no connection between the library and SRS.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 5 months ago

Except, of course, for those using the expanded computer services for what they used to be able to do in person.

kernal 3 years, 5 months ago

I've made it pretty clear in the past that I was against spending money on a new library during this recession. But now that it's going to happen, we need to make sure it will be the best that can be built within the $18,000,000 the Lawrence voters approved, and not an other building that visitors deride as with the Oread Hotel.

friendlyjhawk 3 years, 5 months ago

Will the adults have to walk through all the moms, children, and strollers to get in the building? Will there be additional book drops to use so I don't have stand behind some toddler and mom who are SLOWLY dropping each book in and then trying to retrieve it and do it again? Will the children be allowed to RUN throughout the building? Will the mom's continue to think it is so cute? Can I read the periodicals without smelling the BO of the person in the next chair? Will the library staff be personable and smile? Will the books not be full of crumbs? Will there be more books that do NOT have a religious theme? Will the computer lab always be full now the SRS office is closing? Will all the swimmers park in the parking lot? Will there be more large print books that provide classic literature?

sr80 3 years, 5 months ago

Surely you can't be finished, i feel like a optimist now !! Thanks Jaybird !

irvan moore 3 years, 5 months ago

it would be nice to see what kind of large object there will be thanking cromwell and flanders for their dedication to building this parking garage.

50YearResident 3 years, 5 months ago

I notice the artist's rendering of the Library does not show how the new ugly parking garage is going to connect on the West end of the building. Show us that part. I am sure it will compliment the $18 million dollar structure.

microcosmos 3 years, 5 months ago

The SRS office didn't close because Lawrence can't afford it; it closed because the state of Kansas elected a fiscally conservative governor who has selectively been cutting off funding for the arts and social services. One is a city budget issue, the other is a state budget issue. I'm proud that Lawrence has chosen to continue making investments in our great community!

Raiden 3 years, 5 months ago

True that the state closed our SRS, but as a community who claims to care about its citizens we could provide a location to keep our SRS local and set a new trend about how communities can demonstrate concrete compassion for its most vulnerable citizens.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 3 years, 5 months ago

Maybe you that voted for the library and its 150 new computers provided the State with an easy reason to close the local SRS office. You all voted for the empT so they could get to the library. The parking garage so they would have a central hub for the empT and a place to park. Now those who need SRS services have no reason to go to KC or Topeka. I would bet none of the other cities affected had such forward thinking citizens to provide all these attributes for the needy.

Congrats! You voted for it... now enjoy your harvest!

Raiden 3 years, 5 months ago

Ugly or savvy, like it or don't it is, in the face of these protracted economic doldrums, irresponsible to make any improvements to the library - and yes I voted against it. But don't mistake me as I do believe that a good library is very important to the quality of life of its community,,,,just not now. Improvements are needed; just not now. With the reality of more people truly suffering from our economic disaster; more people in need of community services; more people whose suffering will grow exponentially due to SRS closing it is completely self-indulgent of our city leaders and the, relative to the total population, small percentage of supporters to spend this amount of money in this way. I know the expansion was approved, but I'll bet if the city leaders worked really hard (Ha!) they might find an option that would allow a postponement until the economic climate is more tenable. Sadly that won't happen. We should be ashamed of proceeding when $18 mil. could be more responsibly spent at this time and the supporters should be ashamed. But it seems that the city leaders like having developers in their pockets and we'll likely see more selfish and repugnant ways to spend our money carelessly.

guess_again 3 years, 5 months ago

The comments on this thread demonstrate what I have always assumed.......that the people who post on this forum are in no way representative of the opinions of the citizens of Lawrence.

The library vote was fair and square, after ample information and community discussion. It wasn't even close. Yet people here want to endlessly whine on and on, misstating facts, and raising red herrings, and re-debate an issue which has already been answered.

Raiden 3 years, 5 months ago

I believe I did note that the library was approved...i never mentioned anything hinky about the vote or community forums prior to the vote. And I did say that a library is an important asset to its community. I voted against it only because its the wrong time to spend this money. I am whining about how egregious it seems to spend that amount of money at a time when so many of our citizens, more than in the past, are suffering. And I am whining about how developer-happy our city leaders (a term i use loosely) are. Perhaps it's a digression.....just thought i'd throw that in for good measure.

gl0ck0wn3r 3 years, 5 months ago

For $19mil you could get that mess... or you could get 136,600 Kindles with WiFi and give them away to Lawrence residents. I suppose the Kindles don't double as homeless shelters though.

sr80 3 years, 5 months ago

I think one kindle will be enough to keep my head dry, that will be plenty of shelter for me !! Thanks for your concern Glockman !

JustNoticed 3 years, 5 months ago

Way too many beautiful people in the picture. I was excited about it but now I know I won't fit in. Phooey!

Raiden 3 years, 5 months ago

beautiful white people.....with some token people of color....shame on the architects...especially since Lawrence likes to claim diversity as part of its identity.

sr80 3 years, 5 months ago

Thanks for the compliment and by the way,those are white people with tans not tokens as you say!

Raiden 3 years, 5 months ago

silly me, now that i have my glasses on I can see that now. and you are welcome!

sr80 3 years, 5 months ago

i believe today will be a good day ! thanks again ! Bye !

Liberty275 3 years, 5 months ago

You are joking, right? Lawrence is the least ethnically diverse city I've ever lived in.

Adrienne Sanders 3 years, 5 months ago

Do none of you use the library? If you did you'd see why the facilities are in desperate need of improvement.

Raiden 3 years, 5 months ago

Yes i use the library and I agree that it is in sore need of improvement....just not now. How can Lawrence claim responsible citizenry and spend that kind of money now. It's the timing not the need.

esteshawk 3 years, 5 months ago

Actually, now is the time to invest. Rates are low, workers are desparate. Just like with stocks, the time to invest is when prices are low. Me thinks folks like you will always say "now is not the time."

jafs 3 years, 5 months ago

$18 million doesn't sound like we're "buying low" to me.

bendover61 3 years, 5 months ago

Ugly. We are supposed to try to have a downtown that attracts people, this won't. Looks like Wesco or the US Bank building.

verity 3 years, 5 months ago

Being a pinko, leftist, commie, looney liberal, etc., etc., I support public libraries. That said, I voted against this expansion.

1 - It seems that there are agendas here that have to do with certain developer(s) using this for their own ends. I think the taxpayers are getting ripped off again.

2 - I feel like not enough research was done into what libraries will need to be in the future and whether this will be the best location for that future. Will libraries even be housing that many physical books in the future? I'm over 60 and I certainly prefer reading newspapers online. Many periodicals are going to online only because of the cost. Is Lawrence going to have an expensive white elephant on their hands?

3 - Does the expansion really need to cost this much? Could it be done in stages as more information becomes available?

I would seriously like to know others opinions on these questions.

jafs 3 years, 5 months ago

I also voted against it, though I also support the idea of public libraries.

The expansion was sold, a bit misleadingly, as the way to retain accreditation. In fact, there are multiple levels of accreditation, and the library would have retained the second highest level (which seems more appropriate to me anyway) without the expansion.

There are numerous other options for improving the library without this very expensive project, which weren't seriously considered. I like the idea of annexes - if we relocated meeting space and the reference section to another location, we would have freed up space and parking at the current one. Renting some of the unused space in the Tanger mall would be a cheap and easy way to do that. Current staff would be sufficient, and checkout capacity wouldn't be necessary.

verity 3 years, 5 months ago

Unfortunately, the people who are usually put on the committees to research projects are often too close to the project to see it rationally---i.e., they are in favor of a certain outcome before the research is even started and try to direct the "facts" in that direction. Before I knew much about the library expansion, I was asked by a library employee at a booth at some South Park affair what I thought of it. I asked about branch libraries and he said quite definitely that branch libraries couldn't be done until the downtown expansion was done---something about it would be more expensive because they would have to hire more people to run them, but after the expansion they would be able to use current employees to run the branches as they wouldn't need as many employees at the central library.

I'm seeing this happen right now in another situation and since I don't have a dog in the fight, it is fascinating to watch how it is playing out. The committee won't even put ballpark estimates on the table until the members decide what they want---they claim there are too many variables to be able to do this and that the members need to decide what they want first before they think about cost. The questions put out for the members to think about also seem rather manipulative and tend to push them in a certain direction.

I would support this library expansion if it would teach people critical thinking skills.

jafs 3 years, 5 months ago

:-)

Annexes are a bit different from full function branches.

And, of course, I'm not sure at all how an expansion of the library will result in fewer employees being necessary.

verity 3 years, 5 months ago

OK, so I don't know the difference between a branch and an annex.

Maybe I didn't make it clear that I didn't understand the expansion resulting in fewer employees being necessary either. I was using that as an example of "facts" being put out that perhaps weren't in fact "facts."

Kendall Simmons 3 years, 5 months ago

Hi Verity...

While I've always voted 'yes' on library issues previously, like you I voted against this particular expansion, and for pretty much the same reasons as you did. The expense at this time. Is this the direction public libraries are going? Is doing this better than building a satellite?

Certainly...the existing library needs a lot of renovation, and I'd vote for that. And willingly pay my tax dollars for that. But I'm just not convinced that this expansion was the best choice...particularly with a parking garage that we simply don't need.

Like you, I'm also over 60 and, while I personally still prefer to read the print newspaper, I absolutely love the Kindle my husband gave me for Christmas. With the cover, it feels like I'm reading a book, and I find I'm reading a ton more books now, and discovering authors I never would have found otherwise. A vast treasure trove of books 24/7 at my fingertips. I love it!

The Lawrence Public Library is just now getting into book readers and e-books. If they offered e-books for checkout, I would certainly use them. As it is, I haven't checked out a book from the library for several years now. I've either picked up a paperback at the grocery store or Borders or swapped them with friends and family...which is why I wasn't reading books as much as I used to. My Kindle has changed that...not an $18 million public library.

Change is hard, particularly for people to whom a physical book is important in and of itself, rather than just the contents of those books. But the change will come regardless...and so I, too, found it impossible to vote for this particular initiative.

Kendall

verity 3 years, 5 months ago

Thank you for the affirmation.

It's not that I think physical books are unimportant---the actual making of physical books has been a large part of my life and I love them. I'm not one to predict that they will go away completely anytime soon. But technology is changing the world of print (note the Border's crash) at a very fast rate.

verity 3 years, 5 months ago

I forgot one---

4 - Is the style of this building something that is going to withstand the passing of time? Or will it join the ranks of those flat-roofed houses from the 60s and 70s and some of the other wretched monstrosities from that era? Somebody already mentioned the flat roof not being a practical idea.

esteshawk 3 years, 5 months ago

Yea, stick a 4:12 pitch roof on it. Have you even seen a large building with anything BUT a flat roof?

jafs 3 years, 5 months ago

I wonder about the snow/ice load in winter, on the flat roof.

verity 3 years, 5 months ago

Interesting website. It's said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but to me putting some of these "ultra-modern" buildings (or whatever the style is) in a more traditional context is very jarring. While some of them may be considered beautiful on their own, they do exist in a context.

heygary 3 years, 5 months ago

A $19M monument to foolishness! Fitting that Boarders bookstores close their doors nation-wide the week before they unveil the design of the new Lawrence library! Try and tell me that the poor don't have on-line access .. horse feathers!

In the interest of full disclosure, we need to describe tax rates history to all those seniors they are hoping to lure in to "retiring" to Lawrence.

Imagine how hard it will be to find someone who admits voting for the Library bond five years from now!

verity 3 years, 5 months ago

You do make an interesting point. Thank you.

Watteb04 3 years, 5 months ago

I hope these are not the final designs.

imastinker 3 years, 5 months ago

20,000 extra square feet for 18 million - not a bad deal, right?

Kendall Simmons 3 years, 5 months ago

It's a wonderful deal...just like paying enough rent for the SRS buildings to actually buy the darned things every 6 years. Yeesh.

50YearResident 3 years, 5 months ago

Only $900 per sq Ft, looks like a bargin.

kernal 3 years, 5 months ago

I wonder if there any pieces of real estate listed on the historic register close enough to the library for the new design to conflict with those historic register listings?

friendlyjhawk 3 years, 5 months ago

Will new books be purchased quicker? Will the movies be more current? Will the CD's be by top notch musicians? Will that ugly overpainted bench remain? Will the guest speakers be oftener? Will the big bin for the used books be in a prominent place? Will the bathrooms be bigger and cleaner? Will the carpets be cleaner? Will the outside steps be deeper and safer? Will the outside drop off be in an even more inconvenient location? Will the librarians wear uniforms so they can be identified? Will there be more space to move around the carts and staff putting books back on the shelves? Will the books be packed in even more tightly?

pizzapete 3 years, 5 months ago

For 19 million this library should at least be 10 stories tall. How much did the Oread or the new 7 story building downtown cost to build? I understand the garage is going to be expensive, but why is the building itself going to cost so much?

western_kansas_girl 3 years, 5 months ago

14.4 million is for the library. 4.6 is for the parking garage.

Cost to taxpayers is 18 million. 1 million is being raised from private donors.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 5 months ago

I am not all for the additional parking city hall wants. That should have been included in the ballot. The answer is no.

I'm all for the library improvements however it would have worked for me much easier if the city would have pulled 10% of the 94-95 sales tax to fund the construction and operations thereafter.

This should have been the permanent dedicated funding source:

The one cent sales tax that was approved in 1995 can generate up to $14,036,301 as of 2009. Obviously more in better years

The city portion of the county 1% sales tax can generate up $8,609,331 as of 2009 obviously more in better years.

The two together = $22,645,672 again obviously more in better years. So I say let’s use a portion of this to finance our library reconstruction. Let’s use the number 10% of this tax dollar revenue annually.

Choice: A. 10% annually = 2,264,567. 20 for 10 years = project paid off with existing sales tax revenue

B. 10% annually of city tax revenue only = $1,403,630.10 for 15 years with existing sales tax revenue

beatrice 3 years, 5 months ago

I believe a good library is a great thing for a city to have. However, in this day an age, $19 million would purchase an awful lof ot Kindles. If the goal is to get people reading, a Kindle that can be checked out and then returned might be a fine alternative for most casual readers. If wanting to do serious research, KU has some wonderful libraries.

roadwarrior 3 years, 5 months ago

hideous. 50s retro blagh. whats that out front ? rebar decoration ? good idea in a town with frequent tornado warnings.. we currently have a maintenance free exterior, this new one seems to require upkeep, complicated upkeep at that. stupid design.

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