New Proposal to Move the Library

UPDATE: November 22, 2013: Please see all the local news coverage, links, and a Commissioner meeting video at this Storify page: _________________________ Here's an email that's going around H-town about the Board of Commissioners proposal concerning the location of the Haverford Township Free Library. The question is to fix up the current building or build a new one over by the Veterans Police Field, along with other new buildings for the Police and Township offices. IMPORTANT MESSAGE Proposed New Municipal/Library Building! Dear Neighbor: We wanted to inform you that a special meeting of the Board of Commissioners is scheduled for Monday, November 25th at 7:30 pm to discuss a NEW proposed municipal/library building. {Arrive early to ensure you have a seat} Some of our colleagues want to secure a bond for approximately $13 to $18 million dollars. The new building would consist of the police department, municipal employees, and most concerning, the library would move from its current location.  The new building will be located by Veterans/police field.  We feel that moving the library from its current location is a real concern.Many residents have reached out to us expressing their opinion that the library should not be moved from its current location. Parents have stated that the library is in an ideal location as it is in close proximity to the middle school and high school.  Additionally, parents have stated to some of us that they do not like the proposed new library being in the same building as the police department.  Obviously, they are concerned about their children’s safety. A real concern is what will become of the building once the library is sold??? How will this impact the surrounding neighborhood?? Finally, this bond will affect our taxes, as any funds borrowed must be paid back.  Administration has informed us that for every $10 million borrowed; the result would be a 3.5 to 4% additional increase in your … [Read more...]