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From: domainremoved <Paula>
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:23:44 -0800

Dear Council Members,

I believe that this rush to decide whether we should build a new
library(ies) is misguided. The offer made by Arrillaga is tempting of
course but in the long run may prove to be expensive. The current main
library is still within it a15-20 year life span.

The studies to analyze the usage patterns of both our libraries and
prospects for future use have not been brought forward to support the
construction of a new library at this time. The role of technology and how
it will affect future library patterns of visitation is unclear.

Does Menlo Park have any studies demonstrating a need for a new main
library building? Is it reasonable for a City of our modest size to
support two libraries?

To suggest that the voters and taxpayers of Menlo Park should jump to issue
bonds to pay for not one, but two new libraries is a symptom of reactive
rather than proactive governing.

Also, no mention has been made of what provision there would be in future
budgets to support the additional operating costs of these expanded
facilities.

I respectfully suggest that the Council decline Mr. Arrillaga's offer to
build any new library. Refurbish the present main library if you wish.
Get a bookmobile to supplement Belle Haven- or institute a system of
shuttles from Belle Haven to the Main library to transport library patrons.
The distances are not more than a few miles at most.

Focus on the major projects you were working on before this offer was
announced.

Sincerely,

Paula Maurano
Received on Mon Jan 22 2018 - 11:27:03 PST

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