Imperial library building proposal unveiled


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IMPERIAL — The Imperial library improvement committee made a presentation to the City Council last night outlining its proposal for a new building to be adjoined to the present library facilities.

The council also unanimously approved the annual swimming pool agreement with the Imperial Unified School District to share in the responsibility of operating and maintaining the swimming pool used by the community.

The new library building that would be connected to the present building by way of a hallway would house a youth library and a community center. Creating the new building would involve tearing down the Lions Club and the Boy Scout hut.


Frank Fontaine, a member of the library committee, said the reason for connecting the two buildings is to allow the same staff members to serve both libraries. One entrance would be an entrance on Ninth Street facing the park with another entrance on the south side.

Fontaine told the council, "In the old building when we had story hour last week, we had 75 people. It was very cramped. In the new building we'll have more room and padded chairs for people to sit in."

According to this year's swimming pool agreement, the city will be responsible for picking up trash, providing a cashier and lifeguards and it will not charge for the water used in the pool.

The school will be responsible for maintaining the chemicals in the pool and other maintenance duties.

City Manager Vincent Long said the city would approach the Imperial Irrigation District to request they waive part of the power bill.

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