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General News · 25th February 2011
John Sprungman, SCCA V-P
The Vancouver Island Regional Library Board of Trustees passed a resolution Feb. 5 authorizing staff to enter into negotiations to provide a new library for Cortes Island. VIRL considers the present library in Manson’s Hall inadequate in size, floor loading and ceiling height.

In response to the Southern Cortes Community Association’s Expression of Interest in providing a site for a new library on the SCCA property, Adrian Mass, VIRL’s Director of Finance, wrote asking if the SCCA would be willing to construct the building and provide ownership options for VIRL which could include a 99-year lease.

“For Cortes Island,” he wrote, “we will be negotiating (subject to Board approval) on the strict understanding that as a precondition VIRL appointed architects must provide final approval to all plans and that the building be certified as compliant with all legislated and VIRL standards prior to move in.”

“We look forward,” he said, “to further discussion, review of plans and of course confirmation of ability to complete planned construction so that we are fully aware of the likelihood of success.”

“Please note that VIRL is proceeding with discussions on Cortes with two proponents at this time,” he said.

The SCCA Board of Directors has approved continuing to work with VIRL to develop plans to determine the cost of constructing the library in the cleared area between the Manson’s Hall parking lot and the skate park. The options for financing and conditions of a lease arrangement are also being explored. When sufficient information is available, it will be presented to the SCCA membership for consideration.