Letter to the Editor: Conifer needs a standalone library

Posted 7/7/21

On behalf of the Conifer community, the Conifer Area Council thanks the Canyon Courier for its recent story about the community’s desire for a stand-alone library in Conifer. We also appreciate …

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Letter to the Editor: Conifer needs a standalone library

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On behalf of the Conifer community, the Conifer Area Council thanks the Canyon Courier for its recent story about the community’s desire for a stand-alone library in Conifer. We also appreciate the recent addition of a library locker at Mountain Resource Center.

That said, we are still extremely frustrated because it appears that neither the Jeffco library administration nor the library board is seriously considering the community’s request for a free-standing Conifer library in the near future.

We conducted a spring 2021 survey that attracted 560 respondents, and 93 percent expressed support for a full-service Conifer library. Yet when presented with that data, the library board ignored it. There is no mention of Conifer in the library’s five-year plan nor the projected budget through 2030. Instead the library board has decided to add a third library in the Arvada area and a third library in southern Jefferson County.

The critical issues around the need for a Conifer library are accessibility, parking and the limited hours of the current library shared with Conifer High School. Access is up a steep outdoor staircase, and parking is often problematic due to use by students and staff. In addition, public patrons have no library access until 2:30 p.m. on weekdays.

Conifer property owners pay the same 4.5 mills in property taxes as the rest of the county’s residents to support the Jeffco Library system. Yet in 2020, the allocation for the Conifer library was less than half of 1% of the total library budget!

We again respectfully request that the library staff and board reconsider an expedited timeline for a free-standing Conifer library.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the Conifer Area Council Board

by Marilyn Saltzman, secretary

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