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06/07/2011 - Formal Meeting - City Council Comment File M ► I- ) SALT LAKE CITY COUNCIL A DATE: _(c/7/1/PUBLIC COMMENT FORM a,�al AGENDA ITEM: GENERAL COMMENT j 40 Name f )6 L)U L S C°Levi_d Phone t Cl'-Y7 --0/� (please print clearly) Address City Zip Code E-Mail Address 41 I wish to speak ❑ I do not wish to speak; however, I would like to submit remarks (please use back of card). How did you learn about this meeting? I would like to receive information about: [l my community council — serving on a city board n To stay informed regarding your City Council District, including informational updates and newsletters, check the box to have your name/email added to the respective Council District email distribution list. All information submitted during public comment becomes part of the public record, including information on this card. SALT LAKE CITY COUNCIL A DATE: / .11 PUBLIC COMMENT FORM AGENDA ITEM: GENERAL COMMENT a ', 4 Name C( R i `�/ YLC// i1) Phone g[// �` 6 2 1(2 (plea print clearly) I '1''Address � 8(DV City J2C( iJ i Zip Coderf/r( E-Mail Address ake..k't S Z Ylifotbg. C`O4 l I wish to speak JI do not wish to speak; however, I would like to submit remarks (please use back of card). How did you learn about this meeting? I would like to receive information about: n my community council n serving on a city board To stay informed regarding your City Council District, including informational updates and newsletters, check the box to have your name/email added to the respective Council District email distribution list. NI information submitted during public comment becomes part of the public record, including information on this card. Acvuc tkoto 6S astct mit frze./04.-0.4,1 tce"ce c(zem,.,24:4 etatorfc.4 aarxel. com 4hzt I /4iI 0 rt1/' 7c-o ctpz Ocr-ve Imo& 'o 2do aatd 1 T o Cal. / ) t 4 'c 'r Uum,i/ozo,7 ifidae‘ i , d 16 4' 8z 4 '4 LV cikoe ce,4- 414( /rtzovt'oee au/ Goire,y t t ,p(1/,,, knizti aoeft14'40e peak-, 4.c of o� c ��L e ve/ry rvomil. 7 tee BD t"ftce.19 y� � m ��� GLENDALE LIBRARY SITE Fred Fife June 7, 2011 I am asking that you delay approval of the Library Boards recommended site for the Glendale Branch Library. The Glendale Library Steering Committee mistakenly discounted the alternate Railroad site as not viable because some on the committee thought Federal, State and City restrictions would cause a 2 years delay in the project. The fact is there are no such restrictions. That fact has been confirmed by D J Baxter and Frank Gray to Director, Beth Elder. The Railroad site is opposed by the Glendale Community Council, but apparently not by the residents. The residents were not allowed to consider the Railroad site in the site evaluation process because the City was in final negotiations for acquiring ownership of it. However, they were presented with the Concord site, which is being recommended by the Library Board, even though it was not listed for sale by its owner/developer. The 5 acres Railroad site, now owned by the City, is available free and clear for the project, whereas the 1 acre Concord site is yet to be purchased for a starting price of$500,000.00. Apparently the residents want the features and characteristics of the Railroad site for their library. They overwhelmingly chose a similar site at the southern edge of Glendale as their#1 choice for the library, but that site was determined to be not available. The Railroad site is at the northern edge of the Glendale neighborhood, central to the community. The Railroad site is a peaceful site at the intersection of the Jordan River Parkway and the planned Linear Park on the railroad corridor. It has excellent walkable, bikeable and vehicular traffic access. Its 5 acres would provide a flexible campus for additional protection of the river and possible expansion of the International Peace Gardens in addition to a conceivably award winning branch library facility. The Concord site lacks all of these features. 2 The architect was cut short in the site selection process, but has said he will reevaluate the Railroad site — at his own expense — if he is allowed to do so. The community council has a strong voice and important role in the many decisions that come before it. However, it was mandated to the Steering Committee and the Architect that the residents have a major influence on the site selection and quality of their library. A series of 4 to 6 weekly meetings could satisfy that mandate and the project could be expedited on the City owned property if they so chose. The simple facts are that the Railroad site is better suited to a library; it appears to have all the characteristics preferred by the Glendale residents, it would preserve some $500,000.00 of taxpayers money, it would provide supplemental community benefits and the project could commence immediately upon approval. I am asking that you delay approval of the Library Boards recommendation so that the Board may reconsider its site recommendation with consideration of these facts. It is in the interest of the Glendale residents, the Library System, the City and the taxpayers for that to happen.