The Clearview Library District will provide library service in locations that are convenient and accessible to district residents, with an understanding that location is to be based on both current and future needs. Determination of the approach to providing said services will be based on:
- Current and long-term financial position of the district.
- Best approach to serve the needs of the community.
- The district will strive to provide library space that would best serve the needs of the community. The district would look to current published guidelines in providing guidance in determining target goals.
- The district will look to budget or acquire funding to add to or build new facilities based on the needs of the district.
- The district will strive to build facilities that would be suitable to service the targeted community for a “to be determined” period of time and that can, as part of the initial design, be expanded for minimum cost to support the growth forecasted for the library district.
- The district will strive to ensure that all library facilities are separated geographically to provide the greatest coverage for the community served.
- Facilities should be located so that residents of the district would have a minimum commute to utilize the facilities.
- The following criteria, listed in alphabetical order, will be used as a guideline by the Board of Trustees to assess a site for a library facility.
- Accessibility: The site will be easily accessible by car, bicycle, public transportation, and/or on-foot. The site will provide for a high degree of personal safety for people entering and leaving the building, especially at night. Natural or man-made barriers should not impede access to the site.
- Acquisition cost: The cost of the site will be within the district’s budget, and the price to be paid for the site will not exceed the fair market value of the site.
- Adjacent uses: The current and anticipated use of the surrounding land will complement each other in terms of function, peak use times, and traffic patterns.
- Availability: The site is currently available for acquisition. The time required to acquire the site will not negatively impact the proposed project timeline.
- Community Opinion: The site will be one that will be acceptable to the majority of the residents in the projected service area of the proposed library.
- Construction / Site Development Cost: The site will enable the district to construct a library without incurring significant additional costs to prepare the site for construction or to construct the library.
- Convenience: The site will be close to the geographic and / or traffic center of the area to be served.
- Environmental Issues: The site will enable the district to construct a library without incurring significant additional costs to mitigate prior soil contamination or other pre-existing environmental conditions, such as poor drainage or unstable land formation.
- Future Expansion: The site will allow for expansion of the building and expansion of the parking lot.
- Legal Matters: The district will be able to acquire the property and construct the library without incurring significant additional legal costs.
- Parking: The location will allow for adequate onsite parking for library users and library staff.
- Size and Shape of the Property: The site will allow for the construction of an efficiently designed library. The site will allow for landscaping and required setbacks.
- Utilities and Infrastructure Availability: The site will allow for the construction of a library without incurring significant additional cost to provide utilities (electricity, gas, and telecommunications) and infrastructure (water and sewer) to the site.
- Visibility: The site will be visible from major streets.
G. In the event that two or more sites are considered to be almost equal when the fourteen (14) criteria above are considered, then the following criteria, listed in alphabetical order, will be considered to be of higher priority when determining which site should be selected.
- Community Opinion
- Future Expansion
- Size and Shape of the Property
Adopted February 28, 2014. Revised and adopted October 29, 2020.