Questions and concerns about the new library build.

In any municipal build that involves a lot of money you should really find infrastructure grants because you can reduce the full cost to the residents by sharing the costs with the federal and provincial governments.  Just for comparison see the article from the Meaford Express, May 13, 2009, outlining where I brought forward a resolution IMG_20180904_214640826~3asking the Municipality recognize the need for a new library of 12,000 square feet at an estimated cost of 3 to 3.5 million.  Let me emphasize that this was a NEW library build, not a stop-gap retrofit of an existing building.  And it was an agreement in principal and the start of a planning process in which the costs were agreed to and various sites to be explored because the Council of the time was considering the possiblity of a federal provincial grant sharing agreement — one in which the municipality would be responsible for one third (yes, 1/3) of the entire cost and they knew that we needed a plan that was “shovel ready”.  Therefore it would have been less than 1.5 million dollars for a brand new 12,000 square foot library.

This is why I support revisiting the library proposal to evaluate the sources of funding and to find out why the present estimates for housing the library in the old downtown grocery store are so high.

Author: jimmcphersonformayor2018

Jim McPherson has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Concordia University and a Bachelors of Journalism from Carleton University. He is a former councillor known for his hard work and standing up for all citizens in the Municipality of Meaford. Jim has worked in both the private and the public sector, with experience in land development, fund-raising, health care and retail. He and his wife Karen have two boys – Jeffrey and Edmund. He currently enjoys working as a school bus driver.

4 thoughts on “Questions and concerns about the new library build.”

  1. The library is a vibrant signifier that the community values literacy, education, access to information,culture, etc etc.
    Let’s get it built. Built well.
    Sure, try for whatever support you can get. One third would be great, from the province. Best of luck. But Meaford needs this and please let’s not delay or compromise the project.

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    1. I would agree with the beginning of your statement. I consider the public library to be an important institution.
      However…I am not an At-Any-Costs person. And I believe that any major expenditure must involve careful examination of costs and options. And an open process with community consultation – real consultation, not after the fact presentations.
      This is why I would like to look at the options surrounding this highly expensive and controversial proposed moving of the library.

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    2. No community I ever lived in offered such outdated facilities in library accommodations. Look around! Even little Flesherton with 700 people, and Durham, and Dundalk.As an author and as a reader myself my first impression upon moving here was that people in Meaford have a little regard for books and those of us who love them.

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      1. First off, we have a beautiful library. Is it deficient in some areas? Yes. Do we need a new one? Yes. But we need it to be affordable and to be built as a library — a new library. Many of the deficiencies in our current library, stem from the fact it was not built to be one. I also believe that a building of the age of the former Foodland has some serious drawbacks. Please see my newest article on this subject, jimmcphersonformayor2018.com/2018/10/05/so-what-are-the-issues-with-this-library-selection/
        Thank you

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