Archive for Thursday, February 19, 2004

Basehor to vote on new library

February 19, 2004

Basehor voters will cast their ballots April 6 on a $3.79 million bond issue to build a new Basehor Community Library on 158th Street.

On Wednesday, Feb. 11, the Basehor Community Library Board of Trustees unanimously adopted a resolution containing the estimated price for the new library and verbiage used for the bond issue vote.

The estimated cost adopted in the resolution Wednesday is slightly higher, $3.85 million, than the price voters will decide in April.

The difference between the cost adopted in the resolution and the figure voters will decide is approximately $60,000. The library will pay the difference from a capital improvement fund using funds garnered through fund-raising and land sales.

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

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

Library officials contend the 3,500-square-foot-building is too small to serve a growing readership in Basehor. No space is available for new bookshelves, more computers and additional seating, library officials said.

A Lawrence-based architecture firm -- Glen, Livingood, Penzler and Miller Architects, Inc., -- has completed plans for the new library.

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

Carla Kaiser, library director, said the library will begin campaigning for the bond issue very soon. The campaign will include mailing information to readers within the library district, attending meetings of local organizations to speak about the bond issue and hosting several public forums.

Bond issue campaign events have not been announced.

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