So where does the building and expansion planning stand, you ask? We are waiting.
In fact, we are waiting for two things in particular:
First, we are waiting for the architect to present preliminary cost estimates on several different scenarios (for the downtown site only) at the next Special Board meeting, slated for October 6. The scenarios, discussed at the last meeting, bring together the priorities expressed by the Site Feasibility Committee and the Board of Trustees and the requirements of the building program.
Second, we are waiting for the selection of a public finance consultant. The Board is scheduled for second interviews with the finalists on October 15. The public finance consultant will help the Trustees to determine the financial implications of the proposed building and expansion and how to finance the project.
In the meantime, the building program is being finalized, with library staff input.