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A clear need for the library

Dear Editor:Charlie Cole and I were asked by the board of the Basalt Regional Library District to co-chair the campaign for the new library that is proposed in “Old Town” Basalt, on a wonderful site between the existing post office and the Roaring Fork River. As Basalt businessmen, Charlie and I, and others on the committee ask that you vote Yes on Ballot Issues 4A, the bond issue to construct the library, and 4B, which will provide additional operating expenses.The proposed facility of approximately 20,000 square feet is based on a program prepared with the input of many community citizens over the past two and a half years. You may recall that three years ago voters rejected a plan that would have located the main library in El Jebel and would have retained a small library in Old Town. Many were concerned about a number of issues, including the concept of operating two libraries.As residents you should feel very pleased that the Library Board listened to you. The program reflects your input. There is clearly a need and this is the time to go forward, in our opinion.Although many residents and businesses have made contributions to help us get the word out, the campaign is clearly a “grass roots” and word-of-mouth effort. Charlie Cole, myself and many others ask for your help to spread the word and help us get out the vote.If you would like to review a power point presentation prepared by the Library Board and staff, please call my assistant, Denise Bluekamp, at 927-0847, or e-mail, dbluekamp@chaffinlight.com, who will forward you a printed or faxed copy.We urge your support of Ballot lssue 4A, the bond issue to construct the library, and Ballot Issue 4B, the issue which will provide the operating expenses for the library. Let’s get out the vote!James W. LightBasalt