Letter: No need for a new city library
In the fall of 2012, Concord Mayor Jim Bouley made it clear that there were no immediate plans to construct a new city library. At the December 2012 city council meeting, the council demanded that a new first-floor library be incorporated in the plans to renovate or replaced the existing Employment Security building. What’s up with that, Mr. Mayor?
It is too bad Company C pulled out of the deal. That said, let’s negotiate with the developer sans library. There are several reasons why building a new library is a bad idea. Most compelling is that we don’t need one. There is ample space on Prince Street to expand the existing library. Additionally, the city would be in direct competition with Gibson’s, which has made a substantial investment in its new facility.
Other than a few vocal city councilors who suffer from an “I know best for the city” syndrome, I don’t detect much community support for this latest venture.
ROBERT C. WASHBURN