A local community is trying to create more space for town meetings, education and much more…but to do this they are asking the public for help in passing a bond for a building that would become the new North Bingham County District Library.
They've tried to pass the bond before but this time the building is different and in a different location.
This library serves those who live in the Firth and Shelley areas but it’s getting to the point where it’s just not big enough.
“We have had activities in the building that had up to 1500 people attend, but we had half of them out the door and a few of them in the door and we just would really like to have a facility where we could do the things we’d like to” said Chairman of the Board of Trustees for N. Bingham County Library District; Dave Mecham.
The library board of trustees would like to build a building on a property they have just north of Brinkman Park in Shelley.
To do this they’ll need to pass a bond that’s anywhere between $4.5 to $5 Million.
“There is an impact, there’s no question about that, and that’s one of the beauties of being in you know, a democracy, we can propose this, and then the people get to vote on it and decide” continued Mecham.
They would like to follow district 91’s model and make energy efficient buildings that will cost less to heat and cool in the long run.
“Libraries represent equal access to the internet, to all of the things that some people can’t afford, especially for our community here in Firth, the district is made up of the Firth and Shelly school districts and our community is what’s called a title one district, and what that means is we have over 60% of our kids are on free and reduced lunch because of the socioeconomic disadvantage, and they don’t have access to the internet, they don’t have access to computers, they don’t have the access to just the general reading material in their homes that most kids would” said Mecham.
There will be public informational meetings starting in October, but the times and dates have not yet been set.
The voting for this bond will be on November 2nd.