Hold new library until permanent fire station is completed

Published: 9/15/2020 2:14:59 PM

The front page article in Saturday’s edition regarding the need for $1.7 million in additional funding for the fire station project has caused this library supporter to reconsider the overall approach to the timing/moving of the building developed by city planners. The additional monies sought are apparently required in order to build a temporary facility for the fire department whose current location is being razed to make room for the library.

The obvious question is why build a temporary structure that adds $1.7m to the project’s total cost instead of simply putting the start of library construction on hold until the permanent fire station is completed. My understanding is it is entirely likely the state would grant a waiver on the current projected start date for library construction. Postponing the library would keep $1.7m in the hands of Greenfield residents and acknowledge the importance of adequate facilities for our local fire department.

While I, like many other residents, am anxious to see the new library become a reality, I think we should use common sense and wait to start the library until the permanent structure for our fire department can be completed. Honestly, the library could reasonably wait until our fire safety service is properly housed. They, and the community, deserve the best we can reasonably provide.

Jeff Meckling


Greenfield Recorder

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Greenfield, MA 01302-1367
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