News & Recent Progress
After nearly two years of study, public discussion and deliberation, the Seekonk Library Facilities Study Committee [LFSC] will deliver its final report to Town Meeting on Monday, November 28. The design team from Tappe Architect will present that evening the final design recommended by the Committee. Article 11 which the Selectmen placed on the warrant at the request of the Committee and the Board of Library Trustees, contains the final recommended actions needed to move the library building project to the next phase.
Article 11 asks voters to approve three things:
- Accept the initial design scheme as presented for the basis for the Town’s grant application
- Essentially this means supporting the construction of a two story facility on the present site based on the needs assessment and community input
- Give the Board of Selectmen authority to take action that may be needed to address unanticipated issues related to the grant application
- Permit the Town to apply for, accept and expend a public library construction grant from the state or other sources
- State regulations require a town to show its legal authority to “accept and expend” before the state can award a provisional grant.
- Accepting a provisional grant does not commit the Town to additional expenditures
Approval of Article 11 is the first vote of several required before Seekonk can sign a final contract with Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Warrant Article 11 continues an on-going process that will remain under the control of the voters. Voters will have two more opportunities to decide if the process should move forward.
Article 11 does not require funding. A vote by residents will occur later in the process after the state notifies the town in July 2017 if it will receive the requested grant amount. It is critically important that the voters of Seekonk act right now while the state is offering grant money for library construction.It is important that the voters of Seekonk act right now while the state is offering grant money for library construction.
Article 11 will allows the town to apply for public library construction grant. The MBLC grant will pay for almost half of the construction cost of the proposed library. The current estimate is for this grant would be in the range of 5 to 6 ½ million dollars. A new library could be ready as early as 2020 but could be as late as 2024.
Share Your Ideas
The Committee wants to hear from the citizens of Seekonk. You can share your ideas with us by using the library’s feedback form, or you can email us directly at BuildingStudy@seekonkpl.org. For some inspiration when you are thinking about our future library, click here to see what kind of libraries are being built in other communities in Massachusetts.
Everyone is welcome to attend the committee meetings. If you wish to address the committee, please contact the chairperson, Anne B. Miller prior to the meeting. Meeting announcements and agendas are posted at the Town Clerk’s Office and here on-line
The members of the Library Facilities Committee are Anne B. Miller (Chairperson), Alyssa Richard (Secretary), Bill Barker, Jackie Proulx, Sonig Doran Schiller, Martha Mannoand Dan Tavares
The Voters’ Charge to the Committee
At the Special Town on November 18, 2013, Seekonk voters ” . . . authorized the Town Moderator to appoint a Library Facilities Committee consisting of seven Seekonk residents for the purpose of examining the library facility needs of the Town and developing appropriate designs, schematics, specifications, cost estimates and any other documentation required to construct and furnish such facilities, or to take any other actions related thereto.” At that same Town Meeting, the voters appropriated $25,000 for this purpose. The voters committed this local funding in anticipation of receiving an additional $50,000 in a Planning and Design Grant from the Mass. Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). The Town received this grant in March of 2014. The MBLC awards Planning and Design grants to help cities and towns obtain engineering studies, schematic designs, and cost estimates. All of this information will be used to prepare a thorough, well-conceived library improvement plan that local voters may consider for funding. Should the voters decide to move forward with the project, the information from the planning and design study will be used to prepare an application to the MBLC for a Library Construction Grant. Details on the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program can be be found on the MBLC website.
- June 4, 2015
- June 25, 2015
- July 30, 2015
- September 3, 2015
- September 24, 2015
- October 15, 2015
- October 22, 2015
- November 10, 2015
- November 24, 2015
- January 14, 2016
- January 26, 2016
- February 11, 2016
- March 10, 2016
- March 24, 2016
- April 7, 2016
- April 21, 2016
- May 5, 2016
- May 23, 2016
- June 16, 2016
- June 30, 2016
- July 21, 2017
- September 22, 2017
[Minutes of meetings held prior to June 1, 2015 are available at the library.]
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