Letters to the Editor

Arlington needs new library

The Citizens Committee for a New Arlington Library has been busy since May, 2006 trying to inform the voters in the Library Capital Facilities Area of north Snohomish County about the need and plans for the proposed library to be built in Arlington. They are an energetic committee of volunteers who have dedicated their summer and fall to this important Nov. 7 ballot issue. We have made ourselves available at all the public school open houses and PTA meetings. Our presence at many community functions has been received warmly and eagerly. The flyers and printed material has been read and acknowledged. Questions have been answered to the best of our ability.
The time has been well spent at every opportunity.
The city of Arlington has spent its resources wisely over the years with the anticipation of being prepared for the future growth of our city. The water treatment plant complex near Haller Park is a good example of maximizing the need for additional property near existing facilities. The recent expansion of City Hall/Police Department is yet another example of prudent spending of their resources. Utilizing property near the existing library for the new, larger library is not a foolish idea. The proximity of the present library and proposed new library is within walking distance of seven schools. How could a better site be chosen? Thanks to the city of Arlington, none of the $8.1 million dollars will be spent on land acquisition.
When families with children start searching for homes, their questions must surely include: How adequate is the school system? How close are the nearest shopping centers? Where is the nearest library? What are the recreational opportunities nearby? Even though some of us are not daily users of a library, the quality of life in any city or community includes a library of substantial quality. The Arlington Library has been associated with the Sno-Isle Library system since the 1960s. Books and other resources are generally available on a next-day checkout if they are not on the shelves.
We need to bring something as special as the new library into our community as a lasting legacy for future generations. I will be very proud that we all had the foresight to support the idea for a new library and will rejoice with everyone and congratulate all who vote yes for the proposed new library bond. Be sure and mark your mail-in ballot and return it as soon as possible.
George Boulton
Chairman, Citizens Committee for
a New Arlington Library

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