At its July meeting the Pierce County Library System’s Board of Trustees will discuss building the first Fife Pierce County Library, public opinions about the new Milton/Edgewood and University Place Pierce County Libraries, the Library’s mid-year budget, and other issues. The Board of Trustees will meet at the Library’s Processing and Administrative Center, 3005 112th St. E., in Tacoma, on Wednesday, July 13, from 3:30 to 6 p.m.
Fife Library: Progress continues on schedule to develop the site for the Fife Library. To show progress to build the Fife Library and build excitement in the community, the Library System is hosting a ground breaking at the site, 6622 20th Street E., Friday, July 8, at 11 a.m. The ground breaking will mark the start of construction for the first library in Fife. The ceremonial ground breaking will include the Fife City Council, Fife City Manager Dave Zabell, Fife Milton Edgewood Chamber of Commerce President Corey Wilkins, Library’s Board of Trustees, and Library Executive Director Neel Parikh shoveling dirt to exemplify the breaking of the ground for the new library. At the event, people may see drawings of the new library and talk directly with architects, construction workers, and library staff. The Library plans to open the Fife Library in late fall 2011.
Public Comments on New Milton/Edgewood and University Place Libraries: Earlier this year, the Library System moved the Milton/Edgewood and University Place Libraries to more centralized, easily accessible locations. This spring, the Library System conducted surveys to learn about residents’ opinions and thoughts about the new libraries. In all 107 people responded to the Milton/Edgewood Library survey and 143 people completed the University Place survey, giving strong marks in most categories.
78% (83) said they could easily find the new Milton/Edgewood Library, with 96.5% (137) residents saying the same for UP Library. Once they entered both libraries people gave high scores for finding plenty of books, movies and music: 75% (79) respondents in Milton/Edgewood; 79.1% (110) respondents in UP. Library managers will review the results of the surveys for designs and services in the Fife Library.
Mid-Year Budget: The Board will review a revised general fund budget of $29,013,533, an increase of $448,642 from the original 2011 budget the Board approved in December 2010 for $28,564,891. The increase is due primarily to not filling vacant positions and savings from managers. The Board is expected to pass a resolution to approve the revised budget.
The Library System has been serving people in Pierce County for 65 years.