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Final Library Vote - a Travesty
By Roberta "Bobbie" McCreary


May 14, 2010
Friday PM

What a Travesty! Last night's Council vote selected Copper Ridge (at the end of the 3rd Avenue Bypass) as the development site for the new Library for the next 50 years by default, not by choice. Comments made about the public (and the Council) being split down the middle actually reflected preferences for "downtown" or "not downtown" NOT reflecting one-half favoring Copper Ridge. I feel certain about this because I spoke to many people, adults and youth, with an open question, "What do you think about Copper Ridge as a location for the new Library." I estimate 85 to 90% said, in effect, "no way!"

Had the first vote addressed Copper Ridge, it would have failed. (Two council members preferred Heckman and two preferred Main School.) That would have forced the final vote to be a choice OTHER THAN Copper Ridge! Either the Heckman or the Main School Site would have satisfied the public who have major concerns about the Copper Ridge location in terms of cost, timing, site issues and safety.

Roberta "Bobbie" McCreary
Ketchikan, AK


Received May 14, 2010 - Published May 14, 2010


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