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Letter: Ralph, Response to Davidon letter

In response to the Davidson letter

This is in response to a letter from Kerry Davidson that appeared in the Sky-Hi last week. Disclosure – I served on the GCLD board in 2005/6 representing West Grand. My wife Stephanie has been director of GCLD since 2014. My comments are my own, not approved or reviewed by anyone connected with GCLD.

Ms Davidson, In your letter to the Sky-Hi you complained that the current situation wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the “previous director and board deciding to build two libraries at once”. This was not some drunken mistake or wild act of hubris. In 2004 the GCLD was already committed to building a new library in Grand Lake. After Heemeyer’s bulldozer tore the town of Granby apart, the GCLD board received encouragement from the entire community to build a library that would help put the stench of Heemeyer behind us. Our own Freedom Tower if you will. This decision was taken after every effort had been made to gauge public support. Results were through the roof. Everyone supported the idea.

You complain about $137,000 in capital improvements. This is to provide new siding and roof sheathing for the Fraser library. According to my research Fraser Valley currently provides over $600,000 in funding to the GCLD. The town of Hot Sulphur Springs less than $20,000. The HSS library currently costs GCLD between $65,000 and $80,000. Rest assured that none of your tax dollars are contributing to any libraries outside the HSS town boundaries. This despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of library visits made by residents of HSS over the past 10 years have to libraries outside the town limits.

You refer to a new admin position. The position you refer to, Public Services Director, has been part of the GCLD for well over 10 years. Essentially for a period of around 9 months Stephanie had attempted to do that job in addition to her job as director.

Peter Ralph


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