County Library Plans:
Providing retail Library Services to the unincorporated areas of Clackamas County was turned over to designated “Library Cities” when the voters passed the ballot measure that formed the Library District.
Please read on to learn more about the meetings and concerns some voters have.
The LIBRARY CITIES Implementation Plan:
Current GLADSTONE LEGAL ISSUES being discussed:
If you want to listen to the BCC discussions on Library Services you can go to http://www.clackamas.us/bcc/ Under the Commissioners photos click on Staff Presentations then click on the July 1 or July 8 Audio button for the date you want to listen to.
If you want to get the Oregonian reporter’s (Molly Harbarger) comments on what is going on read:
Here is some related information you will not find in any of the documents listed above. The County Library District Advisory Board of Trustees was not asked for their recommendations thus only their concerns are being shared here. Their ‘concerns’ were presented by Doris Grolbert to the BCC at the July 1st Study Session. I’m sharing this information just to let you know what the Library District Board is thinking. Oak Lodge is represented on the Library Board. You can ask Doris who the person(s) might be.
County Library Advisory Board – Concern No 1
The City of Gladstone has, for years, supported their Library financially but has now discontinued all City support and is relying solely on District support, however, they are still being allocated costs for it which concerns the Library Board.
- It shows a lack of appreciation or commitment to Library Service to even their own Citizens in Gladstone.
County Library Advisory Board – Concern No 2
The City of Gladstone is not contributing any dollars to the new Gladstone Library.
- They’re not even setting aside any proceeds from the potential sale of the current property that was purchased for the new Library.
- They’re not contributing any funds from the current Library location so once the Library moves and they sell that property the money from the sale does not go to the Library District.
All the money’s coming from the unincorporated contribution to the Library District.
- The million dollars from the County that’s been set aside for Oak Lodge.
- The million dollars that has been saved in the Oak Lodge budget.
- They’re also planning to pay back any Library debt with unincorporated dollars. They’re able to do it because of the extra dollars they get from the unincorporated areas. This is another red flag from the Library Board which, in their opinion, shows a lack of Gladstone’s commitment and investment in their own Library and the Library Services.
County Library Advisory Board – Concern No 3
Some strings need to be attached to that 2 million dollars. The board thinks that, considering the track record that Gladstone had with the first million that the County gave them, they would like to see that:
- The property is purchased.
- The plans and costs are developed and estimated.
- The bank funding is secured before any dollars are transferred to Gladstone as this moves forward.
Doris Grolbert is the staff person over all the County Libraries and works directly under Gary Barth, Director of Community and Business Services Department. You can contact either of them now or in the future as this moves forward.
Doris Grolbert 503/655-8543 (email@example.com);
Gary Barth 503/742-4299 (GaryBar@co.clackamas.or.us);