FRIENDS Update – PH Library Task Force – October 18, 2015 revised November 5th
The full Library Task Force (LTF) met on October 13th.
The County Staff’s representative made a short report on the status of the land disposition process. Unfortunately, he was unable to inform us whether the contract with Consultant Dahlin Group had been executed. Also, we noted that the County has yet to provide a Master Schedule for their planned rezoning work in advance of the sale of the three parcels (including the current Library site).
In accordance with the applicable laws, back in July the County notified other local Public Agencies that the two land parcels had been declared “surplus”. The PH Recreation and Park District responded in mid-September that they would be interested in acquiring the old Oak Park School site. These two parties have 90 days to negotiate in good faith over this proposed sale. The PHR&PD representatives indicated that they intend to develop much-needed additional playing fields on this property. This action may make one of the two preferred sites unavailable for the construction of a new Library building.
The Needs / Site subcommittee reported on their October 5th meeting. They are focused on a new building of 20 to 25,000 SF gross area. The “bubble diagrams” being used at this point do NOT include any spaces dedicated for the Historical Society, the Genealogy Group, any other “outside” users, or the Special County Collections housed at the present PH Library.
The Chair of the Task Force assured the Committee that the County and its consultants were not dictating the size/location of the new library and that the City would advocate for a proper size and location of a new library.
The desired number of parking spaces to serve our new building has yet to be determined, but some of these may have to be “shared” spaces with the Pleasant Oaks Park, PH Middle School and/or the new developments of the subject properties.
The Outreach and Funding subcommittees had no report.
We again raised the question of hiring a qualified Library Consultant to provide professional input as needed to guide our decisions at this important point in the process. The City indicated that they may have money available to fund this work at the appropriate time.
The next meeting of the full Library Task Force is scheduled for Monday, November 9th.
PH Library Fund Representative
PH Library Task Force