Libraries are a hub for the community, and when the community grows exponentially as Marion has in the last twenty years, maintaining and enhancing library services in a limited amount of space becomes challenging.
In 2009, Marion sought input from citizens through Imagine 8 to envision needs facing the community. Expanding the library was identified as one of the eight most important goals to make Marion a better place to live. Since then, Marion’s library board has methodically studied and planned potential expansion ideas. The library’s strategic plan, facility needs assessment and cost benefit study have been driving forces in the decision making process, leading us to where we are today. We are poised to move forward.
This week, the library project is on the city council’s agenda. I strongly encourage council to stand fast by Resolution No. 27710 passed on June 6, supporting and directing library staff to proceed with planning and design of a new library building project with a proposed budget not to exceed $18M. Library staff has done exactly what they were charged to do. It is now up to council to do what needs to be done so the building project will advance. To delay it will only add expense which will minimize the scope of the project. Let’s move forward together and see this project through.
Marion Library Board