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Shasta County Board of Supervisors approves motion to purchase new library building in Burney

On April 16 ,the Shasta County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously, 5-0. to support moving forward toward the purchase of the Roper Building as a new facility for the public library system in Burney.

FOIL and friends after the meeting

Numerous people traveled to the meeting in Redding to attend the hearing. Patricia Pell, president of Friends of the Intermountain Library (FOIL); Anna Tracy from library services; Kim Neimer from City of Redding;  Monte Keady, Burney Fire District Chief; Bill Murray; Willie Rodriguez, Burney Water District Manager, President of the Burney Chamber of Commerce, and representative of Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River; Lola Harris, from Soroptomist International of Burney-Fall River; Andrew Urlie; and Fran Collier from FOIL all gave testimony. In addition, Carol Salini and Steve Woodrum from Redding  also spoke.

After the presentation Larry Lees, County Executive Officer for Shasta County, recommended that the Board move forward toward securing a purchase agreement.

The Board then asked questions and discussed the matter expressing their approval of the project. The Board voted unanimously to approve the proposal as endorsed by Mr. Lees.

McConnell Foundation, Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River, Rotary International, and Soroptomists International of Burney-Fall River have all pledged support for completion of the project as a collaborative venture of Shasta County, City of Redding, and FOIL.

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Soroptomists present FOIL with check for $2000 for Burney Library

On April 10, Soroptomist International of Burney-Fall River presented a check for $2000 to the Friends of the Intermountain Library. The donation was made for the Children’s Corner in the new Burney Library Branch of the Intermountain Library in memory of Howard Harris.

Dotte Sales, Ralene Metcalf, Lola Harris, and Pat Pell

Soroptomist Club President Ralene Metcalf presented the check to FOIL president Pat Pell.  Lola Harris and Dottie Sales were present for the presentation.

See also:

FOIL to present plan for Burney library to Shasta County Board of Supervisors at April 16 meeting

 

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Shasta Public Libraries Hosts Strategic Plan Public Meetings

From Shasta County Public Libraries

Shasta County, CA (April 5, 2019) – Shasta Public Libraries invites the community to attend one of three Strategic Planning meetings. These events will be held:

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 5 p.m. at the Redding Public Library

Wednesday, April 17 at 5 p.m. at the Burney Lions Club

Thursday, April 18 at 5 p.m. at the Anderson Library

By participating, you will have the opportunity to share ideas on Shasta Public Libraries’ present and future. We want to hear your thoughts, comments, and suggestions. Please join us!

Anderson Library
3200 West Center Street
Anderson, CA 96007
530-365-7685

Burney Library
37006 Main Street
Burney, CA 96013
530-335-4317

Redding Library
100 Parkview Ave.
Redding, CA 96001
530-245-7250

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Shasta Public Libraries provide information, lifelong learning, inspiration, and enjoyment to people of all ages through reading and technology.

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FOIL to present plan for Burney library to Shasta County Board of Supervisors at April 16 meeting

On Tuesday April 16, 2019, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors will consider the Friends of the Intermountain Libraries Inc. (FOIL)’s proposal for the County to purchase and renovate the Roper building on Main Street in Burney for an upgraded Burney Library as part of the Shasta County Library system.

The meeting will be held at in the County Supervisors hearing room at 1450 Court St. in Redding and is scheduled for 9 a.m. on April 16. The meeting is open to the public. All citizens are welcome to speak before the Board. People who wish to address the Board can fill out an online form in advance or sign up 15 minutes before the meeting.

FOIL is requesting that the $400,000 in grant money that was set aside from the Hatchet Ridge Windmill fund in 2014 be released for the project. The Board of Supervisors will be hearing FOIL’s proposal as an action item.

If FOIL’s plan is approved the new library building will be almost twice as large. It will have private rooms for tutoring, study, counseling and consultations. There will be a special children’s corner and a meeting room for community meetings. There will be more computers with excellent broadband access. The library will be in a central location on Main Street above the flood plain with ample parking and improved air conditioning and heat. There will be improved services for all citizens of all ages in the Intermountain community and visitors to the area, including some services for veterans and people searching for employment. People will have access to the extensive databases and resources that a modern public library offers.

According to FOIL, the Roper Building is the only available commercial building in Burney and is affordable at $300,000. FOIL has worked diligently with the community to raise funds for the execution and completion of the project. Burney Rotary has granted $10,000 and Rotary International has granted and additional $15,000 dedicated to a Children’s Corner.

According to FOIL, Shasta Regional Community Foundation has also awarded $7500 for remodeling construction needs and the McConnell Foundation has awarded up to $100,000 should there be shortfalls in the project’s funding package.

Over 1500 residents have signed petitions to help the campaign and local children sent postcards in support.

FOIL has been working with several supportive organizations to develop and fine tune the plan. Kim Niemer, Redding Community Services Director, who oversees governance of the Shasta County Library System has been involved.  So have members of the Shasta County Library Advisory Board, Shasta Library Foundation, and the Library Director for the Shasta Public Libraries.

Both the County and City of Redding have looked at the building repeatedly to determine what updates need to be made. If the $400,000 dedicated to this project is released, an escrow will be opened whereby the County will purchase the building and maintain it. Through a collaborative effort between the County, City of Redding, who is in charge of the Shasta Public Libraries system, and FOIL the building will be brought up to current ADA standards.

FOIL is encouraging people to contact members of the Board of Supervisors and to attend the meeting on April 16 to express their support.

FOIL president Pat Pell said, “This is what we’ve worked so hard towards for many years. We need the community’s support. We hope to fill the Chamber Hall during this meeting showing support. You may speak if you fill out the form, or just show your support with your presence.”

See also:
Kim Niemer explains FOIL action plan in meeting at Burney Lions Hall

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Now is the time to support the new library building in Burney

A meeting will soon be scheduled before the Shasta County Board of Supervisors to vote on release of funds for a new library building in Burney. If passed this will be good for all of the people in the Intermountain Area and a blessing for Shasta County.

It is very important at this time for people to contact all of the County Supervisors to express your support. Encourage them to review the plan being presented by Friend’s of the Intermountain Library (FOIL) and to vote for release of the Hatchet Ridge Wind Fund money that was set aside for this purpose. Now is the time to act!

People can contact all of he individual members of the Board. The members of the Board of Supervisors and their Email addresses are as follows:

Joe Chimenti, District 1 (Redding) jchimenti@co.shasta.ca.us
Leonard Moty, District 2 (Centerville, French Gulch, Happy Valley, Igo/Ono, Keswick, Platina, Shasta, South Redding, Verde Vale) lmoty@co.shasta.ca.us
Mary Rickert, District 3 (Bella Vista, Big Bend, Burney, Cassel, Fall River Mills, Hat Creek, McArthur, Montgomery Creek, Oak Run, Old Station, Palo Cedro, Pittville, Round Mountain, Whitmore) mrickert@co.shasta.ca.us
Steve Morgan, District 4 (Castella, Crag View, Lakehead, Shasta Lake, Mountain Gate) swmorgan@co.shasta.ca.us
Les Baugh, District 5 (Anderson, Cottonwood, Millville, Manton, Shingletown, Viola) lbaugh@co.shasta.ca.us

In addition to Emailing the individual Supervisors, you can also send an Email to the whole Board at shastacountybos@co.shasta.ca.us

Here is a flyer from FOIL.

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For more information on the library action plan:
Kim Niemer explains FOIL action plan in meeting at Burney Lions Hall
FOIL appeals to the Board of Supervisors for release of library funds

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Kim Niemer explains FOIL action plan in meeting at Burney Lions Hall

On Tuesday evening January 22 at the Burney Lions Hall, the Friends of the Intermountain Library (FOIL) held a meeting to update the Burney community on the status of efforts to acquire a new building for the Intermountain branch of the Shasta County Library system in Burney.

Burney citizens attending a meeting on proposed new library building for the Burney branch of the Shasta County Public Library System

About 50 community members attended the event. FOIL president Pat Pell moderated the meeting. Ms. Pell thanked Lions Club President Mike Barnes for hosting the meeting on short notice and thanked the Burney Lions and the Rotary Club for their support for the project.

FOIL President Pat Pell opens the meeting

Pell then welcomed several people who have been helping prepare the FOIL plan. Kim Niemer, the evening’s main presenter, is the Redding Community Services Director. In that capacity, she helps to oversee the governance of the Shasta County Library System.

Francie Sullivan is currently a Shasta County Library Advisory Board representative. She lived in Burney and has served on the Shasta County Board of Supervisors and was on the Redding City Council from 2010 to 2018.

Peggy O’Lea is the retired director of the Shasta Library Foundation who helped to organize community support for the new Redding Library.

Anna M. Tracy is the Library Director for the Shasta Public Libraries who has been coming to Burney once a month to work with the Burney Library.

Ms. Pell also introduced the current officers and members of the FOIL Board and Kevin McKay, a general contractor from Cassel who has helped FOIL work through some of the practical aspects of improvements that are necessary for the proposed building.

Before Ms. Niemer’s presentation of FOIL’s action plan, Shasta County Supervisor Mary Rickert made brief comments. Rickert said that she came as an observer, explaining that she could not take a position on the proposed library building because she needs to remain open to all points of view until the public hearing has taken place at the Board of Supervisors and a vote is taken. She also said that she needs to be careful to abide by the Brown Act.

Supervisor Mary Rickert gives brief comment to the audience

After Supervisor Rickert’s remarks, Pell invited Ms. Niemer to speak. Ms. Niemer gave a 25 minute power point presentation in which she explained some of the history of the library and FOIL’s action plan for completion of the building project.

Ms. Niemer’s presentation began with a timeline of the history of the Burney Library in the context of the Shasta County Library system. The Burney Library became Shasta County’s first branch library in 1949. The current library building was built in 1969.

In 1989, all 14 of the Shasta County Library branches were closed due to a funding crisis. FOIL was formed to combat funding issues. In 1990, Shasta County along with the Cities of Redding and Anderson agreed to fund and reopen three libraries as part of the Shasta County Library system: Redding, Anderson, and Burney. FOIL has been making annual contributions as a part of the agreement. In 1999, FOIL’s contributions increased to over $11,000 per year.

In 2003, the State of California awarded a $12 million grant for the building of a new Redding library. FOIL continued to financially support the library system.

In 2004, another funding crisis led to shortened library hours. A Library Governance and Financing Task Force was formed to evaluate library services. FOIL continued their support during the hour shortage. In 2005, the task force recommended transferring governance to the City of Redding and in 2006, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors entered a 40 year contract with the City of Redding to manage County Library Services. That same year, the Redding City Council hired Library Systems and Services LLC to manage the library system. The arrangement has proved efficient and cost effective. The new Redding Library opened in 2007.

In 2008, Shasta County entered a community benefit agreement with the Hatchet Ridge Wind LLC. Hatchet Ridge Wind provided a grant of $1 million and an additional $100,000 per year for 20 years. The payments are to be used for the benefit of Burney and the surrounding area.

In 2009, FOIL made the expansion and relocation of the Burney Branch Library a priority. In 2012, Shasta County agreed to a preliminary feasibility study for a new library building. The study was completed in 2013. In 2014, the study was presented to the Board of Supervisors and the Board approved and set aside a $400,000 grant for a new library building contingent upon the formulation of a feasible plan and successful fundraising by FOIL.

After FOIL determined that the best location for a new building was the Roper building on Main Street, Shasta County did an assessment of the Roper building in 2016. In 2018, an official appraisal of the building was completed. The appraisal came in at $285,000.

There is a difference between the appraised value and the assessment of the building by the County. The County maintains that the value of the property is $300,000, which is the price that Mr. Roper is asking for the building. There are ongoing discussions on how to bridge the gap.

Ms. Niemar explained that the project is nearing the finish line. FOIL is hoping to bring their proposed plan before the Board of Supervisors in February for consideration as an action item. Their plan involves shared responsibility amongst Shasta County, The City of Redding, and FOIL.

FOIL is hoping that the plan will be accepted and that the County will approve release of the $400,000 Windmill funds for the purchase of the building and installation of a visual fire alarm system.

FOIL would need to complete their fundraising. According Ms. Pell, FOIL has $50,000 in cash and an additional $50,000 in pledges. Several foundations have indicated that they would also provide grants once a building is secured. They would be responsible for completing interior ADA improvements, parking lot improvements and moving the contents of the library to the new location.

The City of Redding would coordinate with the County on implementation of the action plan. Ms. Niemer proposed that he City of Redding would complete the parking lot improvements in coordination with FOIL and partner with FOIL on relocation and start-up.

Niemer presented a proposed budget detailing the costs to the County and FOIL respectively as follows:

Shasta County

Property and associated costs                                                        $299,250
Tenant Improvements                                                                     $   11,523
ADA and Safety                                                                                 $  45,000
Engineering/Inspection/Administration                                    $  23,650

Total                                                                                                   $379, 423

Friends of the Intermountain Library

Interior checklist (including ADA)                                              $ 30,000
Parking lot                                                                                        $ 40,000
Miscellaneous furnishings                                                            $  10,000
Contingency                                                                                     $  20,000

Total                                                                                                  $100,000

Ms. Neimer concluded her presentation by saying, “This is sort of our Hail Mary. If we don’t do this project at this time on this building, we know we lose the Rotary money because that money is going away quickly, there’s not really any other building on Main Street that is suitable, and I think that the patience and focus at Shasta County on this project goes away too. So now is the time if this is going to happen. I think we have before you a plan that is very viable and feasible. Now is the people part.”

She then invited Francie Sullivan and Peggy O’Lea to come forward to share. Both advised everyone to write or Email all of the members of the Board of Supervisors to encourage them to support the project.

There are five Supervisors on the Shasta County Board of Supervisors. In order for the project to be approved, three Board Members of the Board will need to vote in favor of the plan.

Ms. Sullivan also stressed the advantages that the County Library system provides and the difference between the County Library system and local lending libraries.

The discussion led to an extended period of question and answer during which Niemer, Sullivan, O’Lea, and Anna Tracy explained in more detail the plans and functions of the library.

A copy of the power point presentation on the action plan is available at the Burney Library.

People desiring more information about the plan, proposed library services, or how they can help, please contact Pat Pell, FOIL President, 335-7236 or ppell389@gmail.com.

People can contact all of he individual members of the Board. The members of the Board of Supervisors and their Email addresses are as follows:

Joe Chimenti, District 1 (Redding) jchimenti@co.shasta.ca.us
Leonard Moty, District 2 (Centerville, French Gulch, Happy Valley, Igo/Ono, Keswick, Platina, Shasta, South Redding, Verde Vale) lmoty@co.shasta.ca.us
Mary Rickert, District 3 (Bella Vista, Big Bend, Burney, Cassel, Fall River Mills, Hat Creek, McArthur, Montgomery Creek, Oak Run, Old Station, Palo Cedro, Pittville, Round Mountain, Whitmore) mrickert@co.shasta.ca.us
Steve Morgan, District 4 (Castella, Crag View, Lakehead, Shasta Lake, Mountain Gate) swmorgan@co.shasta.ca.us
Les Baugh, District 5 (Anderson, Cottonwood, Millville, Manton, Shingletown, Viola) lbaugh@co.shasta.ca.us

In addition to Emailing the individual Supervisors, you can also send an Email to the whole Board at shastacountybos@co.shasta.ca.us

See also:

FOIL appeals to the Board of Supervisors for release of library funds (Sept 2017)

Video playlist of January 22 meeting at Burney Lions Hall

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Meeting on New Library Building Tuesday January 22 at Burney Lions Hall

Update from New Library Now! Campaign

      On Tuesday, January 22nd at 6 p.m, at the Burney Lions Hall, Kim Niemer, head of Community Services for the City of Redding, will give an update on how we can make our new library a reality this year.

Friends of the Intermountain Libraries Inc. (FOIL) has been working with Kim, as a liaison between FOIL and the the County, and will explain the process of purchasing the new building. Progress has been made and this presentation will update our community on how this can be done.

After so many years of working towards this end we need your help in showing your support once again for this project.

The County has been holding the $400,000 from the windmill project that was earmarked to purchase a new building for a number of years. The right building is on the market. The seller has indicated real interest in selling to the County who will own and maintain the building. And after all your support and FOIL’s dedicated efforts we may finally see the fruition of our combined efforts.

Please plan to attend and get the specifics on how this could work and soon.

Any questions may be directed to Pat Pell, FOIL President, 335-7236 or ppell389@gmail.com.

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