Sent: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 4:28 PM
From: Denis Law
Sent: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 1:47 PM
To: Denis Law
Cc: Jay B Covington
Subject: Downtown Library
Following weeks of debate and recent developments, I want to propose that you consider postponing any decision regarding the location of a new downtown library.
Given the importance of this topic and the impact of this decision to everyone in our community, I believe it is important that all our councilmembers be present and participate in the library debate and ultimate decisions. Councilmember King Parker will miss next Monday’s Council meeting due to a business trip, and Council President Terri Briere will be out of town the following week. In addition, some of our councilmembers have expressed their desire to have additional time to seek input from a broader base of our community, beyond those who have expressed their view at recent Council meetings.
Yesterday, we rolled out a comprehensive downtown safety initiative that includes additional police officers, rigorous enforcement, cameras, lighting and more in downtown Renton and the Transit Center. Unfortunately before we could implement this program and put these strategies in place, we had a gang-related shooting in downtown last night. Postponing this decision will allow us to fully implement this plan, which we believe will dramatically improve the sense of safety in our downtown area.
We are confident that there will not be any significant impact to the library decision if we decide to take some additional time to study it further and get additional public input. However, we do recommend moving forward with the design and financing of the Highlands Branch.
If you agree with this option, I also recommend that you delay the second reading of the bond ordinance and your decision on the Inter-Local Agreement.
If you feel this idea has merit, it needs to be discussed in an open meeting on Monday. I wanted to send this to you now so you would have a couple days to consider this option.
Mayor, City of Renton
1055 S. Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057