Friday, February 2, 2018
The long wait is over. Or at least it ought to be. If you haven't received anything yet you might want to call City Hall and let them know you didn't get a Library survey card. It is yellow and looks like the photo of an actual card we posted above.
A number of people I know took pictures of their Library survey cards and sent them here as proof that they had received their copies. One resident also included the following observation with their email:
I'm going to mail ours back with a couple of notes attached. Can't make a decision without the $$$$ facts.
It is a good point. This is an important transparency issue that has been discussed here often, and by a number of commenters. It was also raised by folks at both of the well-attended Library Forums. The question being how can you give informed answers on this matter without first knowing what the costs associated with relocating the Library are going to be?
Some of the most important facts were never supplied by the city, which will make giving accurate answers problematic for many. It also raises questions about why cost issues were left out of this rather lengthy process. Were those who favor moving forward with the Library project fearful such information would convince people that this is a luxury an already heavily indebted city cannot afford?
After all, that some of the individuals responsible for adding to Sierra Madre's already radical financial challenges (One Carter lawsuits, millions of dollars in water bond debt) are also behind this project can be problematic. Their efforts to sell off the Library property and move everything somewhere near the Arcadia border, and without any financial reporting on how this is to actually get done, has made some functioning adults understandably uneasy.
You might also want to jot something about this on the address side of your card before you post it off to Colorado. Of course, being from so remote a locale they might not actually care, so perhaps you should also send a photocopy of your observations to City Hall and let them know, too.
It's a lot like being asked to buy a car without first knowing what the monthly payments are going to be. You can't always go with just the color, leather appointments, or how it makes you feel.
Here is a question that was emailed here to Tattler World HQ by another reader.
I don't see a mail-in deadline on the survey ... do you?
Here are the instructions that came along with the Library survey card. And as far as I can tell our commenter has asked a very good question. There is no deadline info supplied.
I am going to assume that you should send your Library survey card back sooner rather than any later. But a date would have been comforting to those who might want to take a minute and think this all over. Or procrastinate.
I have sent a note to the City Manager asking that question and I'll share with you whatever answer I get on mailing deadlines.
If you think it is a good idea you can also let everyone know how you answered the questions on your card by posting something about it here. This might help those who are having difficulty making their decisions.
If you have any questions let me know and I will forward them to the City Manager. I'll them post the answers in the comments section today once I've received them.
Posted by The Moderator at 5:30 AM