Enough is Enough at the Ketchikan
By Robert D. Warner
January 14, 2009
Dear SitNews Editor:
Here we go again! For the second time, the Ketchikan City administration
is being told that the Old Main School location will likely not
work as a site for a new library. Now there is a parking issue.
To date, how much public money has been wasted on this scheme?
Tax payers have the right to know this information as they always
end up paying the bills.
One thing for certain: Ketchikan citizens deserve better leadership
from their library administration. Are the persons responsible
for this waste being held accountable? Is it time to hire a
new library administrator with professional skills to avoid these
wasteful blunders? Librarians are not trained to be professional
architects, but they should have proper skills to determine general
site requirements for locating a library. This training is an
essential part of most library school curriculums. Certainly,
the folks responsible for locating the library at its current
site forty years ago had such skills and training.
Again, we need to ask questions as to why we need to move the
public library in the first place? Why not make plans to move
the museum instead? Years ago a consultant recommended that
the museum be relocated to a site across from the Federal Building
and the library remain in the Centennial Building. The reasons
were basic. Current architecture of the Centennial Building
is a good fit for a library, but not a museum.
Considering the current status of the economy, any additional
spending on these schemes should be placed on indefinite hold.
Our taxes are high enough without risking more funding on costly
adventures and blunders.
Robert D. Warner
Received January 09, 2009 -
Published January 14, 2009
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