Fairport Library Relocation Project Update
In the wake of the unsuccessful December vote on the Fairport Public Library’s relocation proposal, the Board of Trustees received messages from the public indicating that some wanted the Library to present a less-expensive version of the project for another vote. The Board also heard from people who said that one vote was enough, and that there should not be an additional vote put forth.
At its January meeting, the Board agreed to determine if a lower-cost option would be feasible, and then, based on that information, provided a survey seeking input from the community to gauge their wishes regarding a second vote.
The Library Board felt that the survey results would need to be very persuasive to justify another vote. While the results of the survey show a significant percentage supporting another vote, the actual numbers of people indicating in the survey that they would support the lower-cost building option did not even approach the number who voted “yes” in December. Further analysis revealed that only 14% of those who initially voted “no” would support the lower-cost alternative. In the end, the Board did not see enough support, or change in sentiment based on cost reduction, to justify bringing the project back for another vote at this time. Results of the survey can be seen at the Library’s website, by clicking on the "Library Relocation Survey Results" link below.
The challenges that face the library remain unchanged, so the Board will begin to assess the near-term actions that need to be taken to operate more effectively in the existing space and will explore additional opportunities for community-based, long-term planning concerning the future of the Library and the community’s vision for its services.
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