P&Z to move out of City Hall
Library will take
city’s meeting room
Express Staff Writer
City Council members Monday endorsed a plan to move all city-related
meetings out of the Town Center building’s first-floor meeting room to
accommodate an expansion of the Hailey Public Library.
Rick Davis, the council’s appointed liaison to the Hailey Public
Library, said he has confirmed an arrangement with Blaine County
officials to hold Hailey City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission
meetings in the commissioners’ chambers of the Old County Courthouse
in Hailey for a one-year period.
said the new arrangement is scheduled to begin in January. He noted that
all December meetings that have been scheduled to take place in the
Hailey Town Center first-floor meeting room will not be relocated.
that have been noticed in this room will take place in this room,"
said he is investigating options for the city to construct sometime next
year a new meeting room in the Hailey Town Center—also called the Fox
covered for a year," he said.
explained that the city will have to choose whether it wants to
reconfigure part of the upstairs of the Town Center currently occupied
by the College of Southern Idaho, or build an altogether new meeting
room in the building’s basement. The college plans to move its Hailey
office to a new location in approximately one year.
has not set aside any money in the current 2002-2003 fiscal-year budget
to construct a new meeting room. Davis said the city in 2003 will need
to determine how much it can spend on such a project.
council members did not vote on the decision to move the city meetings,
the plan was presented as a firm decision on the part of the city to be
out of the meeting room by January.
Public Library trustees in September initiated a plan to expand the
library into the meeting room, and in recent weeks reiterated a
commitment to making the move in January.
have argued that the library is entitled to use of the entire first
floor of the Hailey Town Center as part of a 1994 federal grant
agreement. The library received approximately $294,000 in 1994, which
was used to remodel the first floor of the Town Center.
expansion plan did not gain outright city support until former mayor Al
Lindley resigned on Nov. 8. Prior to his departure, Lindley served as
the main liaison between the city and the library.
officials have maintained that Lindley opposed the expansion plan and
made repeated efforts to stifle its progress.
Director Ann Tabler said last week that the former mayor exhibited
"strong opposition to the library’s planned expansion."
following a Sept. 10 meeting between Tabler, Lindley and City Attorney
Ned Williamson, library trustees issued a letter to Lindley stating that
they wanted at least two board members present during all negotiations
with the city "because of actions taken by (Lindley’s)
Reynolds, vice president of the library board, said last week that
Lindley exhibited "inappropriate behavior" toward Tabler
during negotiations, particularly by using "intimidation
said she believed the library gave the city appropriate notice of the
sent them a letter in September, and told them we would like to take
over the space in four months," she said.
said council members in recent years have generally been in support of
the library’s causes, and the debate was not one of whether the
library was placing unreasonable demands on the city.
last week agreed, noting that almost all communication about the matter
went through the former mayor’s office, and council members were
typically not involved in the discussions.
he acknowledged that while "it could be argued either way"
whether the library was entitled to the meeting room, the federal grant
included provisions that some of the money must be returned if the terms
of the agreement are not met.