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News & Recent Progress 

After months of public discussion and deliberation, the Facilities Study Committee decided on the single design concept  that will be more fully developed by the architectural design team. The design concept is for a new two story structure on the current library site. The design also calls for a small addition that would extend into that part of the parking lot not affected by the landfill cap.  Here is a link to a drawing from the latest version of the design.

Currently Under Discussion 

The next major task of the design team and project managers is determine the cost of the project. The project is being sent to an independent cost estimator. The building cost will be part of the discussion at the next regular meeting of the Facilities Study Committee.

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. 

Meetings

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

Committee Members

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.

Documents

Library Building Program

Meeting Minutes

     [Minutes of meetings held prior to June 1, 2015 are available at the library.] 

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