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Vote yes for El Jebel library

El Jebel is NOT a sprawling suburb of Old Basalt. El Jebel is a thriving community in its own right, and a big new library in its center will bring a wealth of warmth and learning to it.

Two years ago several of us who live in the Willits subdivision formed a group called “People for a Library at Willits.” We registered our campaign committee with the state, leafleted and collected signatures outside of City Market, and attended monthly meetings of the Basalt Regional Library Board for about a year, arguing regularly for a library at the growing western end of the district.

We saw the board members struggle for long hours each time they met to come up with a feasible plan to satisfy the needs of a library district with two centers – Old Basalt and El Jebel.

When the Crawford family generously offered a large site in El Jebel for the new library and the board decided it was financially sound not only to take up that offer but also keep and expand the popular library in Old Basalt, we were overjoyed.

No, the plan was not exactly what we “People for a Library at Willits” initially envisioned. But it recognized that the population growth, the kids, the parking, City Market, the Crown Mountain Recreation Area and the Eagle Community Center, as well as restaurants, shops, movies and a handy bus depot, are here at the western end of the library district, while the schools and the architectural charm of Old Town are in the eastern end.

With the proposed plan, which will cost taxpayers LESS than the previously considered one (which would have built a single two-story library on the Levinson property near Old Town, a plan that was ultimately judged unfeasible because of space, timing and budget limitations), everyone in the district will be served.

We urge people throughout the library district – which includes Basalt, Blue Lake, El Jebel, Emma, Frying Pan, Gateway Mesa, Holland Hills, Little Elk Creek, Meredith, Missouri Heights, Snowmass, Ruedi Shores, Sopris Village, Summit Vista, Thomasville and Willits – to go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 4, and vote yes on library questions 4B and 4C.

Ann MacLeod


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