Coupeville Library effort disappointing
September 4, 2009 · 5:03 PM
I have been very disappointed with our Sno-Isle library issues of late. It began when they wanted to remodel the Coupeville branch. I attended a meeting of the design review board. The so-called Coupeville Library expansion was not about more library educational resources, but instead about separate bathrooms for staff, separate entrances with large roofed porches and a community meeting room.
It was not about a quiet area that was promised in exchange for my vote for the project. I suggested to have at least an enclosed glass wall and door to the new adult room, but was told that was too expensive. However, a fireplace in the adult area was considered of more importance and within their budget.
Anyone that spends real time at our Coupeville branch knows how noisy it is. It is not for serious reading or research or study. People and staff speak at street volume, and some even talk on their cell phones there. The laptops have all kinds of problems. There is no Mac computers, which would save a lot of headaches and down times.
I filled out a survey that evaluated the budget. I made cuts and suggestions that easily took care of the issue. What happened to that survey?
I viewed this so-called remodel, which has been almost a complete rebuild except for the roof, at least the last time I looked and took pictures. I was astonished. This remodel from ground up is not a “green” building, nor does it handle surface run-off recapture. They wanted high ceilings and more aesthetics than energy conservation, etc.
Now they are talking budget cuts and tax increases. This is irresponsible and abuse of taxpayer funds in my estimation. Be assured, they won’t get my vote this time.