Calipatria mulls library expansion

February 28, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

CALIPATRIA — City Council members, acting as the city Redevelopment Agency, are looking into the possibility of expanding Meyer Memorial Library.

The city's library is working out of a modular building rented to the city by William Scotsman for about $20,000 a year since December 1995.

City officials are looking into the possibility of purchasing the building for $35,525 and then expanding it.

If the library is expanded, $48,000 from a Community Development Block Grant will be used.

City Manager Romualdo Medina said he and others will meet with county library representatives Tuesday to propose other ideas. The Meyer Memorial Library is part of the county library system.

"It is the county's part to provide books and staff," said Medina.

"The city's responsibility is to maintain the building," he said.

"The current library operations have outgrown the existing building, and the city sought measures in 1995 to meet their needs and that was to lease the building from Scotsman," said Medina.


"Since that time it has really been a burden on the budget for the lease rent the city is paying so the city is at a point seeking alternative measures," he added.

Medina asked the council, again acting as the RDA board, to purchase a new pickup for the city Fire Department.

The vehicle that Fire Chief Chris Hall drives began having transmission problems about two weeks ago.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 370-8549.

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