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General News · 4th May 2012
John Sprungman, SCCA President
Timely information has been seriously lacking regarding the sudden closure of the Cortes library branch on Friday, April 27, and the removal of library materials Wednesday. I cannot speak for the Vancouver Island Regional Library, but I can speak for the Southern Cortes Community Association which is the owner and operator of Manson’s Hall and leases space to VIRL.

I want to assure everyone that the safe enjoyment of Manson’s Hall is the primary concern of the SCCA board and that we are being vigilant on a daily basis to identify and rectify any problems.

On Sunday, May 6, a professional structural engineer is coming with a VIRL administrator to assess the part of Manson’s Hall which the library occupies. Several of us will be there. It will be VIRL’s decision whether to resume using the space after receiving his evaluation. If reinforcing is required to make the room safe for public use, we will do it. VIRL has booked the hall for a public information meeting at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10.

The SCCA has been engaged in negotiations with VIRL since February 2011 when VIRL’s Board of Trustees authorized their staff to work with the SCCA on an agreement for a new library facility on SCCA land. Those negotiations are continuing. We will be reporting on them to the SCCA membership at our Annual General Meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 at Manson’s Hall.