“The community is not able to take advantage of the actual fire station,” he said.
While funding for minor upgrades there wasn’t an issue for the council Tuesday, spending even more on a library no one intends to keep around took more convincing.
“We gotta look long term,” Weaver said. “The Fire Department belongs in that location.”
Council members quizzed Hunt-Coffey on the prudence of making the investment under an unpredictable time frame.
“It’s just so hard to know,” she told the council.
But after council members agreed to take a more pessimistic outlook on finding a new library site, all of them agreed the new five- to six-year land acquisition and construction schedule put the Casa Verdugo branch beyond an acceptable wait.
“Let’s just bite the bullet,” Councilman Frank Quintero said.
Improvements to both buildings should be completed by 2009, city staff members said.
Mayor Ara Najarian excused himself from the special meeting citing a conflict of interest in the matter.
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