The Ten Top Reasons to Put
the Library in the Rock Pit at Copper Ridge
By Patrick Jirschele
July 06, 2010
The librarians won't have to waste time waking up the bums because
the drilling and blasting will make it impossible to sleep. That's
right, it is an active rock pit! Look out for flying rocks.
The taxpayers are flush, they can afford the most expensive site
possible. If City owned property was used (like the existing
library building and property) the market value (millions of
dollars) could be used to match the grant. But, why do that when
you can pick the pockets of the taxpayers?
Apparently local government can only build on property owned
by Chuck, George, or J.R..
The library we have is a masterpiece of a building located in
a wonder of a location. It is the envy of all that visit. Apparently
most of the people of Ketchikan don't appreciate what we have.
So, as punishment we get a twelve million dollar plywood box
in a rock pit. Take a good look at what we have now so you can
remember it when the shine wears off of what we get.
The elderly and infirm that can walk to the library now won't
be able to when it is located on that hill. That will teach them
not to stay fit. The downtown workers that use the library during
breaks won't be able to make it either.
It would be right across the street from the State Prison. They
can chain up the prisoners and walk them over to pick out books.
If they are good, they can stay for Story Time.
If we keep the library where it is and move the museum to the
soon to be vacant fire hall, it will only be 913 square feet
short of what the experts say we need. Let's see, 12 million
divided by 913 is only $13,143.48 a square foot! What a deal
for the taxpayer.
It is FREE money! Well, not exactly free. It is a matching grant.
That means we have to come up with half the money. Oh ya, we
also have to pay any cost overruns. But, that never happens here.
Well, the nine million dollar Schoenbar remodel did cost over
thirty million. And the high school went over a bit to the tune
of twenty or thirty million. What's the difference, the tax payers
here are used to just digging deeper into their pockets to make
up for government screw-ups.
Those folks who own those giant four-wheel-drive SUV's will actually
have a reason to own one. It will be the only way to get up that
hill in the winter. If they can find a parking spot. You see,
there are only twenty two parking spots in the new library plan.
Let's see, there are about six employees and there will have
to be at least two handicap spaces, that leaves about fourteen
spots. That sure is a far cry from the couple hundred within
a few blocks of our existing library.
And The Number One Reason to
build the Library in a Rock Pit
"The Brass Plaque Syndrome". You can't get your name
engraved on a brass plaque on a public building for building
an addition or maintaining it......you have to build a new one.
Big egos need their names in raised letters. Just think of the
money we would save if we put the names of janitors and maintenance
folks on entranceway plaques instead of elected officials who
do nothing but spend other people's money.
My apologies to David Letterman.
P.S. Number Eleven
Surprise! There's more. Surprises
are good right? Well, except when you're surprised at what parcel
of property you are buying. Yep, it is kind of hard to keep track
of what is going on from one day to the next. First it was lots
5 and 6 and $10,000 to hold the Copper Ridge property. Then it
was $50,000. Now, surprise, it is lots 6 and a much smaller 5a
and $50,000 of your money to hold it. The City Council can't
figure exactly what they are buying. With the upcoming vote on
where to put the library, you would think they would be a little
less caviler with public dollars. Is it big enough or not? Under
which shell is the pea?
About: "I have lived here
and watched government for thirty years. I'm convinced that somewhere
there is a book of suckers and Ketchikan Alaska is on the top
of the first page."
Received June 30, 2010 - Published
July 06, 2010
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