By Charles Edwardson
January 12, 2008
I would like to thank the unofficial historian on the background
of the library location issue. It took all of those people, all
of those meetings, and all of that public information and apparently
half the town's participation, to pick possibly one of the least
convenient locations in downtown Ketchikan for a library (Public
library??) If it was not voted down it should have been or should
be given the opportunity to be voted up or down by the public.
And if all that public participation did not come to this conclusion
than maybe it was not as public a process as some remember.
My unofficial viewpoint on this issue is that Ketchikan has historically,
whether borough or city government actions, made some mistakes
as we all have and undoubtedly we will all again.
But just saying something over and over in and of itself does
not make something different than it is. . This is not a good
location for a library and it does not meet the grade requirements
that this city council just passed recently for roads going into
new construction sites - it is a 13.5 percent grade to the new
proposed library location, bad in the snow, narrow streets on
a steep hill for the fire trucks. The new requirement initiated
by this same council is 10% grade for roads into new construction
sites. As I said before, is this the first exception to the new
ruling, and will I now get a free pass to my lot (also with a
good view) for a new building I want to put up? It is on a hill
13.75% on a narrow roadway that is bad in the snow and the fire
trucks would have a hard time parking there.
The new proposed location,
it still is not on the bus route. I may be mistaken but I think
the busses and its routes are directed by the borough so rescheduling
and rerouting the bus might be a borough issue. And if so I will
say officially history shows this is not always the simple task
it may appear to be (that is, unison between the two governing
bodies). So other than the good view and the fact that the city
owns the lot I can see no real advantage to this spot and since
we have been waiting since 1941, I say what's the hurry. Keep
Received January 11, 2008 -
Published January 12, 2008
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