Take the Pleasant Hill Library Task Force Survey
Jan 31, 2015 02:27PM
● By Elena Hutslar
On December 15, the Library Task Force meeting included a review of “a draft funding timeline with key elements in moving towards a possible bond measure in the fall of 2016 to fund the construction of a new library. Some of these elements include polling/surveys, a public information campaign, a feasibility study and design costs for the new facility.” Jessica Hudson, Contra Costa County librarian, stated that the subcommittee was working on a letter of intent to a grant program to Tesoro asking for a $10,000 grant to be used for Friends of the Library programming. If successful, this would free up funds from the Friends group to be used for future costs as part of a public information campaign about the new facility.
The eleven-member task force continues to look at various sites in Pleasant Hill for a future 22,500 sq. ft. library, including former Oak Park Elementary site (county owned property), Flood Control District property (Beatrice Road), the PH Middle School track and field area owned by MDUSD, and Pleasant Hill Park, owned by the PH Rec & Park District, as well as the current library site. Approximately 2.5 acres is needed.
At the January 12 city council meeting, an update on Library Task Force activities was provided. Task Force Chair Michael Harris said, “We are trying to figure out what sites in the city make good sense to place a library, and we have a number of different options available.” The task force made a presentation on January 22 to the PHRPD board and critically looked at the small parking lot at Pleasant Hill Park as a possible site for a new library. “The beauty of that site is its location. We would have to figure out a way to make the park district whole by swapping land in other places,” continued Councilmember Harris. The task force goal is to narrow their sites down to a primary and secondary site to present to city council by March. A town hall meeting to solicit feedback from the community about what they want to see in a new library facility will be scheduled in the near future.
An online survey asking for community input can be found here.