County, Re-1 talk about library partnership | PostIndependent.com

County, Re-1 talk about library partnership

Ryan GraffPost Independent Staff

One thing seems clear for a feasible partnership between the Garfield County Library and Roaring Fork School District: It’s going to take a lot of used books. The school district and library have talked of a partnership throughout the design process for the new Glenwood Springs High School, where the district has offered to house a library, with operations the district and the library will share. Despite concerns about the feasibility of combining two libraries with different missions and about the county library’s financial ability to build a new library, talks continued. Last week, county officials met with RTA Architects, the firm designing GSHS. The library now has about 9,000 square feet, but needs about 12,500, county attorney Ed Green said. At $150 per square foot, the library would need about $1.9 million, he said. Garfield County Library director Jaci Spuhler had heard the cost would be about $120 per square foot, and the total closer to $1.5 million. Whatever the cost, the county would have to pay about $100,000 almost immediately in engineering fees, because there would be two designs for the school – one that includes the county library and one that doesn’t, Green said.Either price is high for the county at the moment, with big capital improvements planned to start over the next few years: the Garfield County Airport’s runway at a cost of $1.2 million, a new dog pound for $1.5 million and a joint police and court facility in Rifle well in excess of $1 million, Green said. “There’s a lot of pressure on the capital budget right now,” he said. An intergovernmental agreement could help with the logistics of a partnership. The problem is the $1.5 million price tag, Spuhler said. “I don’t sell enough used books for that,” she said. Despite concerns, both groups will meet again July 12.


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