Carbondale library debate continues |

Carbondale library debate continues

Following an hour of public comment on a new use for the old Gordon Cooper Library building on Tuesday night, the Board of Trustees chose to delay the final decision until June 10.

“I think we need to digest what has been said,” Mayor Stacey Bernot observed.

Bernot added that it seemed that two of the proposals were “percolating to the top.” Although each request for proposal received had some public support, the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce’s plan vied with a joint application from the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities and Dance Initiative for most of the night.

“I believe the Chamber needs to be more visible to the merchants or the tourists,” said Pour House Manager Skip Bell. “We’d like to have CCAH back downtown also,” he added. “I think that would be tremendous partnership for the town, the community, and the valley.”

Mountain Fair founder Laurie Loeb agreed that each proposal had merit, but ultimately supported CCAH. “It would not only draw people from outside, it would give our local people an opportunity to express themselves,” she said.

Some speakers suggested that the proposals may not be mutually exclusive. A pay-it-forward cafe could conceivably co-exist with a youth hostel, while the Chamber could provide gallery space.

For now, though, all four proposals remain on the table separately.

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