Crozet Library Going to Bid

via email from Build Crozet Library folks:

Please mark your calendars with some important meeting dates. We may have made a very strong case for building the library to the Supervisors this past fall and winter, but if you read any County government stories in the Daily Progress, it seems some of them may have forgotten a few key points.

Fortunately, there are some good opportunities coming up to remind them.

1.  Supervisor Duane Snow to host Samuel Miller Magisterial District Town Halls
Albemarle County Supervisor Duane E. Snow will host four open houses this month for residents of the county’s Samuel Miller Magisterial District. Snow will open each meeting with some brief comments, and then open the floor to questions on anything pertinent to county business.

Dates and times for the meetings:
Saturday, February 11, 1 to 2 p.m. Feb. 11 at the County Office Building Annex, Room B, at 1600 Fifth St.
Saturday, February 18, 10 to 11 am, Yancey Elementary, Esmont
Tuesday, February 21,  7 pm at Meriwether Lewis Elementary
Saturday, February 25, 10 am at the North Garden Fire Station.2.  Supervisor Ann Mallek will host White Hall Magisterial District Town Halls. Those dates are to come.

3.  Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Public Hearings
— The first of two public hearings, will be held in Lane Auditorium of the County Office Building on Wednesday, February 29 at 6 pm. The County Executive presents his recommended budget; a public hearing on the budget follows.

— The second public hearing, also in Lane Auditorium of the County Office Building, will be held on Wednesday, March 28 at 6 pm. This hearing will focus on the 2012 calendar year tax rate as well as the fiscal year 2012/13 proposed operating and capital budgets.

Finally — the news we’ve been waiting for:  The actual invitation for bids will be advertised this Sunday. Please see the attached document for the official wording.
On February 23rd a pre-bid conference will be held at the Crozet United Methodist Chruch, 1156 Crozet Avenue at 2 pm. This is primarily for firms planning to submit a bid; representatives of the library will attend as well.
On March 28th the bids will be opened.

The timing is such that the Supervisors will not be able to take any action on a bid prior to either of the public hearings. However, the new Crozet Library has been mentioned in passing to make it seem the new poster child for wasteful design (a la the Hollymead Fire Station) instead of a vital part of the promised infrastructure for a designated growth community.

Please plan to help remind the Supervisors of the urgent need for this library to be built for the entire Western Albemarle / Crozet community.

I will send reminders closer to the date of the public hearings; I hope you can plan to show up and speak up on behalf of the new Crozet Library.

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