AH defers library decision to next council
By Chad Ingram
Published Nov. 22, 2018
What will become of the Dorset branch of the Haliburton County Public Library will be a decision for the next Algonquin Highlands council.
Councillors officially deferred that decision during a Nov. 15 meeting.
For more than a year, councillors have been discussing the possibility of turning the area within the Dorset Recreation Centre that has housed the library branch into a multi-use space. Circulation figures from the branch, which is open eight hours a week, are low, and there has been discussion of providing a book-drop service, where residents could still pick up and drop off books ordered from the library. That sort of model would mean there would no longer be books on shelves to peruse, per se.
a survey the township conducted regarding the facility during the
summer, 76 per cent of respondents said they supported the concept of a
book-drop service and 70 per cent said they supported the idea of
township-run, community hub space in the area that has housed the Dorset
branch of the county library. Such a hub would be open 40 hours per
week, the same as the rec centre.
last week’s meeting, councillors accepted an updated version of the
survey results, which included some public comments that had not been
included in a previous draft due to a discrepancy between the online and
paper versions of the survey.
As they come to the end of their four-year term, councillors agreed to leave the matter in the hands of the incoming council.
understanding from the previous meeting is that this decision would be
carried to the next council,” said Mayor Carol Moffatt. “Is that what
this council wants to do?”
Councillors nodded in agreement.
of the five members of Algonquin Highlands will remain the same in the
new term, with Moffatt and Ward 2 councillors Lisa Barry and Liz
Danielsen each reclaiming their seats by acclamation.
New councillors will be Julia Shortreed in Ward 1 and Jennifer Dailloux in Ward 3.