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February 18, 2016: Rosemount Library; Consultation Process Planned.

February 18, 2016: Rosemount Library;
Consultation Process Planned.

By Blaine Marchand R.E.A.D.

The past month has been a busy time for members of the Rosemount Expansion and Development (READ) group. The citizens’ group is working to ensure that the City and the Ottawa Library Board honour their longstanding commitment for the renewal and expansion of the Rosemount Library.

“READ is particularly delighted that our Councillor, Jeff Leiper, is committed to working closely with us,” said Richard Van Loon, chair of READ. “His active support is the key to success in working with Library Board. We strongly believe community consultations are an essential part of the renewal process as the planning for Rosemount moves forward towards the Board’s 2017 budget.”

A consultation process with the communities and groups that are served by the Rosemount library is to be launched in the coming months. The information gathered during this process will be drafted into a report and presented to the Library Board. The intent is that the report will assist the Board with its planning.

READ and Councillor Leiper will work with a professional consultant and facilitator, who will be engaged by the Councillor, to ensure that the consultations and ensuing report will be useful.

READ hopes the Library Board and staff will participate in the consultations. It recognizes that this is a busy time for the Board and its staff with the new central library, but wants to see an enhanced Rosemount branch as part of the exciting future being planned for the library system in Ottawa.

“We are extremely grateful for the generosity and support of the Councillor in our efforts,” Van Loon continued. “The consultation process will consider all options for Rosemount, including whether the current location and the building itself can continue to meet the needs of our area. Rosemount serves a very large and densely populated area in the west centre of Ottawa. Its circulation per square foot is the third highest in the Ottawa Public Library, which shows it is actively used by people in its neighbourhoods.”

Meanwhile, as planning for the consultation gets underway, READ will continue to raise community awareness and support for the Rosemount branch. Forthcoming articles will provide details about the consultations and how those interested can participate.

At its February 8th meeting, the READ group learned that the OPL Board plans to use the $1 million allocated to Rosemount Library for renovations, and that Wesley Petite, hired through the auspices of Council Leiper, will facilitate two community consultations in mid-March. A report will be submitted to the Library Board in June. READ will push forward with public consultations, believing input from the community remains critical.

To learn more about READ, or the planned consultation, please visit the website: http://www.readrosemount.ca , its Facebook page, Twitter account, or send an e-mail to: readrosemount@gmail.com .

READ’s next monthly meeting will be held on Monday March 14th from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Parkdale Food Centre, 30 Rosemount, Unit 2. Anyone interested in its work is invited to attend. All are welcome.

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