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Publish Date: 9/20/2005

Weld library decision stalls
Panel will review new Frederick site


GREELEY — The fate of a planned southwest Weld County library is on hold while site-selection officials review a new option that was brought to them Monday.

While the board was set to make a final decision on where the regional library will be built, Frederick Mayor Eric Doering requested that it look at a 10-acre parcel of land adjacent to one that had already been a suggested site, on Weld County Road 13 north of Colo. Highway 52.

Located in Miners Park, just north of the town center that was proposed as a library site, the parcel would provide the library district with more land and would be in a location amenable to the Weld Library District, Doering said.

He told the board that WLD staff had been told about that site, and was concerned the information didn’t make it into the site review committee’s report.

Frederick town administrator Derek Todd commented, “We feel like we’ve been invited to a wedding, and there at the altar is our fiancee with someone else.”

Noting that looking at the site “might not change a thing,” WLD board member Ron Baker said, “I would feel uncomfortable voting right now (in light) of the new information.”

Minutes before Baker’s comment, a site-selection committee had suggested the board build the library in Firestone, on a chunk of land along Colorado Boulevard and Weld County Road 22, where the city plans to eventually build a municipal center.

“It serves as a good focus for the population in the next 10 or 20 years,” site committee facilitator Mike Tupa said. “And in the future, there would be potential for small satellite libraries in some other communities.”

But upon hearing Doering’s comments, he added, “It’s always good to have more information.”

It is unknown whether one of those satellite libraries could be built in Dacono. Voters in that town will decide in November whether to opt into the WLD and begin paying 3.249 mills more in property taxes.

WLD spokeswoman Kelli Johnson said Monday that no matter how the Dacono voters weigh in on the question in November, the new regional library won’t be built there, as “the district needs to move forward regardless of Dacono coming in or out.”

A new library is also planned for Erie, where Boulder County-side voters will also decide whether to opt into the WLD.

Todd offered to produce for the board a report on the new Miners Park site in the next two weeks, adding, “We are excited no matter where the library goes. It’s a wonderful thing, whether it’s in Firestone or Frederick or wherever.”

Amanda Arthur can be reached at 303-684-5215, or by e-mail at aarthur@times-call.com.

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