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04/24/2014 Voters approve permanent Camano Island Library

Camano Island will have a permanent library, thanks to passage of a $2.3 million bond levy.

The library ballot measure received the approval of 62.05% percent of Camano Island voters on April 22. Vote results will be officially certified on May 6 and additional information on vote counts and precinct results are available on the Island County Auditors elections web site, http://vote.wa.gov/results/current/island/.

The Camano Island Library advisory board and Sno-Isle Libraries sought a voter decision on a 10-year general obligation bond to cover all capital costs associated with purchasing, remodeling and opening a 4,900 square foot library at the site of a former restaurant at Terry’s Corner. Bond funds will reimburse the library district’s Land Acquisition Reserve Fund for costs of purchasing the building in mid-2013. That purchase kept the building from becoming unavailable as a future library facility site when the property began moving into foreclosure.

“We are delighted and appreciate the support of residents who have worked so hard for library services in their community,” says Rico Tessandore, president of the Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees. “They always believed a demonstration library project on Camano Island would be used and valued by the community. And they never lost their desire for a permanent library.”

In August 2013, voters approved creation of a special library capital facility area taxing district but failed to approve the proposed library bond levy by a narrow margin.

Over the next 90 days, the library district will search for an architect and assemble a library capital project building committee. This building committee will include the project architect, library project staff team, a local library advisory board member, and a member of the Friends of the Camano Island Library. The group will develop plans to convert the former restaurant building into a library, within the approved budget. Building committee members will provide input, give feedback and take part in important discussions involving the project.

Building committee work will begin in late May and expected to last through winter 2015.

“Camano Island residents will have the opportunity to view and comment on design options before renovations begin,” said Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, the Sno-Isle Libraries executive director.

Meanwhile, library officials have been successful extending the lease on the current library space—located at Terry’s Corner through the month of May. Officials are hopeful that voter approval of Proposition 1 will enable further negotiations to proceed for interim library service in the space until the doors open for the larger library.

For more information, please call Sno-Isle Libraries at 877-766-4753 or visit www.sno-isle.org.

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 687,680 residents through 21 community libraries across Snohomish and Island counties, as well as through online library and mobile library services to childcare, preschool and senior centers. There are 10,612 registered library customers on Camano Island.

 

For more information, contact:
Ken Harvey, Communications Director
360.651.7030,  kharvey@sno-isle.org


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