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

5 comments:

Debbie & Norm said...

It's great that the council made this decision. I believe the bond will pass its court hurdle and we'll soon have a new building!

Anonymous said...

What is the current status? There have been no updates on this page for nearly a year!

NPL Staff said...

The new library is still planned, but the timeline is not set. The slow economy is part of the picture, along with a legal challenge to urban renewal funding. Be assured that the library will provide you with excellent service in the meantime!

Joshua said...

Hey this is cool! I was looking for info on the library because I just uploaded a 3d model of the current one to google earth. "http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=ab96c310d56d714254ce7e3bd1c1b6&prevstart=0"

NPL Staff said...

thanks for the google item!