Monday, July 14, 2008

Tele Town Hall Meeting Planned for July 28th

On Monday, July 28th at 7:00pm, the library will conduct a tele town hall meeting. This telephone forum will allow residents to ask questions and receive immediate answers about the library expansion currently being planned. A brief overview of the planning process to date and the library's usage statistics will introduce the topic, followed by an open question and answer session. Participants will be polled using their telephone dial to respond to questions prepared in advance by the Board of Trustees.

Tele town hall meetings are frequently used by elected officials to gather community feedback on issues. The library district is trying this format as a convenient, cost-effective means of gathering community input on library expansion. The telephone list is based on registered voters in the library district and will be called in a random order. Email and written questions and feedback are always welcome.

So far, planning has been very theoretical and big-picture focused - gross square footage needed to serve the district, maximum square footage feasible on the current site, projected population and usage. As the library progresses into more concrete planning, specific issues such as amenities to be included in an expansion and the architectural style of a building, the community will have more opportunities to give input.

So when you phone rings that Monday evening, listen in and let us know what you think about library expansion.

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