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- PROPOSED NEW LIBRARY PROJECT
The Library Board and representatives from Town of Windsor, Town of Severance, the Weld-RE School District, and the community at-large undertook a study to explore the utilization of its current facility and the future needs of library facilities. The study concluded that the current facility did not meet the current and potential needs of the growing community.
The Library Board, Downtown Development Association, and the Town of Windsor received a matching grant from the Colorado Dept. of Local Affairs to study five potential site locations.
Humphries Poli Architects conducted a “Mindbreaking” event with members of the community to launch the design process for a potential new library.
The Library Board voted at their regular meeting on December 8, 2016, to purchase the Greenspire property; the closing was held on December 15.
On January 26, the library released a survey via email to cardholders and through the library website to the general public receiving 1,800 responses. Nine focus groups were held with patrons, staff, volunteers, Library Board, and Foundation Board members.
On April 4, 2017, the library, along with its architect, Barker, Rinker, Seacat Design Firm (BRS), held a community meeting to share ideas and gather input on designs for a new library.
A public meeting was held on May 17 with BRS to continue conversations on the new library design.
The final design for the new building was revealed in a public meeting on Monday, July 10.
On August 10 at a special meeting of the Library Board, the decision was made to refer the question of funding and operation of a $25-million library with 3.1 mill increase to the voters in the November 2017 election.
The voters did not approve the funding of the new library. The final tally was 3,035 voters for and 3,642 voters opposed.
The Library Board invited public comment on the vote at the regular meeting of the Library Board on November 30. Analysis of responses to the election showed strong support for library services, but concerns about the overall cost of the project. The Board undertook additional opportunities to engage in conversation and explore next steps.
The Library Board began to work with the project manager to further refine the project. Ultimately, this resulted in a total cost reduction of $2 million, reducing the total mill levy increase by 0.515 mills.
The Clearview Library District Friends & Foundation began door-to-door canvassing efforts to gauge community interest and support for a new facility, which indicated overwhelming support.
The Library Board of Trustees unanimously voted at the August 8 special meeting to place a funding measure on the November 2018 ballot. The measure will ask Clearview Library District residents’ approval to raise the library’s mill levy 2.585 mills to fund the construction and operation of a new library facility. After 25 years, the mill levy will reduce by 1.985 mills.