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Council OKs library costs

Posted: June 26, 2012 10:18 p.m.
Updated: June 26, 2012 10:18 p.m.

The new Newhall Library will receive $250,000 for new books, CDs and DVDs after the Santa Clarita City Council approved funding the new materials at its Tuesday night meeting.

The Newhall Library will be moving from its current 4,842-square-foot facility to the new 30,000-square-foot facility this September, and city officials want to purchase 10,000 to 15,000 new library materials in time for the planned grand opening Sept. 29, according to a city staff report.

The motion to approve the purchase of the new materials passed with four council members approving the purchase. Councilwoman Laurene Weste did not state her reason for choosing to abstain from the vote, but she lives in Newhall.

The existing Newhall Library has a collection of 55,192 items. By comparison, the Canyon Country Library has 107,378 pieces.

The city has added about 9,000 new items to the Newhall Library in the past year, said Deputy City Manager Darren Hernandez.

The money for the new materials will come from the construction budget for the new Newhall Library, Hernandez said.
Although the city saved about $2 million on construction, the city was already planning to purchase new books to help fill the larger site, Hernandez said.

A resident brought up concerns at the meeting about how the city was paying for the materials, saying that the city should be following the rules on spending former redevelopment agency money.

Deputy City Manager Darren Hernandez said the redevelopment money spent on the library was to go for the project’s construction, as well as materials, fixtures and furnishings.

“It was always the intent to buy library materials for this much larger library,” Hernandez said.


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