Archive for Thursday, February 12, 2004

Library board to set price for proposed new facility

Bond issue vote scheduled for April 6

February 12, 2004

With an engineering firm hired and an election date set, just one item needed finalizing for a Basehor Community Library bond issue -- an exact cost for the proposed facility.

That undetermined cost may no longer be at issue.

This week, the Basehor Community Library Board of Trustees met several times to discuss the bond issue, which is scheduled for public vote April 6.

On Wednesday night, the board was scheduled to take action on a resolution containing verbiage for the bond issue and its price tag.

The initial cost estimates for the proposed new library, and the figure on which the board will vote Wednesday in the resolution, is $3.85 million, library officials said.

Results of the meeting were not available as of press time.

However, Carla Kaiser, Basehor Community Library director, said the figure is an estimate at this time and could be slightly different from the one voters see in April.

Since last year, the library board of trustees has met to discuss building a new facility, which would be located on 158th Street. Basehor residents Ray and Anne Breuer donated the land for the proposed new building.

The current library facility, 2812 N. 155TH Street, has been located in the city's downtown district since the library's founding in 1986.

Since then, the library has seen an annual increase in circulation.

In 2003, the library saw its largest circulation total

In 2003, the library saw its largest circulation total in its 18-year history: readers checked out 58,686 items from the library, an increase of 7,048 items from 2002.

Library officials contend the 3,500 square-foot facility is too small to serve the burgeoning readership of Basehor. There is no space available for new book shelves, more computers and additional seating, said Carla Kaiser, library director.

The board of trustees has hired the Lawrence-based firm of Glen, Livingood, Penzler and Miller Architects Inc. to design its proposed new facility. The firm has designed libraries for Free State High School in Lawrence and the Pittsburg and Girard public libraries.

The firm's design for the proposed new Basehor library is completed.

If approved by voters, the new facility would entail 21,000 square feet of space. Five thousand square feet would entail the basement, which would be used office space and storage.

The proposed new library would be built to house approximately 74,000 items.

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