Thursday, May 22, 2008

Council Approves Land Purchase

Future Library Block where Taco Time is now
Google Maps imageAfter a public hearing Monday, the Nampa City Council approved the purchase of land for a new library, slated for the block between 11th and 10th Avenues and 3rd and 4th Streets. The decision is an important milestone and was made after several key conditions were met. The City Finance Manager Galen Kidd reported to the Council that the city has enough in reserve funds to make this kind of one-time capital expense. The City Attorney Terry White also advised it is within the power of the City Council to approve the purchase to expedite the downtown redevelopment process and to serve the public. About a dozen members of the public spoke at the public hearing and nearly all seats were taken. The Clerk entered into the public record 10 letters from citizens who did not attend. All those were in favor of purchasing land for the new library. A tremendous amount of cooperation was needed to get this far, but clearly the community values library services and the overall goal to build a new facility.
- Dan

Thursday, May 15, 2008

City Council to Decide on Land for New Library

Now is the time to let your voice be heard. Do you wish for more space for seating to read a book? Do you want stimulating and comfortable areas that will effectively meet the needs of children, teens and adults to enhance their experiences in the library? Do you want more than 10 public computers to do research and look for a job? Let the City Council know that a new library is important to you and needed for our community. We have been looking forward to acquiring the land so that we can move to the next phase in building a library that Nampa and its citizens deserve. On Monday, May 19th 7:30pm the City Council will decide whether or not we should move forward on the land acquisition that has been in the works for the past year. Please be a part of this exciting time as we get a step closer to our new Library. In our strategic plan the Board and staff set specific goals to be met by the new Library. Help us to achieve the goals of providing space for groups and individuals featuring an inviting, engaging and welcoming design that will serve to create a sense of place in a unique landmark that brings people together to enjoy reading, learning and growing. Nampa City Council meetings held at Nampa City Hall. (View press release)
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