03/25/08

NEW FALLBROOK LIBRARY MILESTONE

SAN DIEGO – The County today moved a step closer to making the dream of a new Fallbrook Library come true. The Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed to fund the library and to issue a formal request for proposals to design and build the new facility at Alvarado and Mission.

“This is a tremendous day for the people of Fallbrook and Bonsall,” said Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn who has championed the drive to replace the aging library in Fallbrook with a new facility. “It’s a tribute to the Friends of the Fallbrook Library and the entire community that has worked so hard with us.”

Today’s action satisfies the California Environmental Quality Act Guidelines for determining the appropriate environmental documentation to be completed. It also authorizes the County to accept a parcel of land adjacent to the existing Fallbrook Library site.

The vote today establishes appropriations of $7,040,000 in contributions to Capital Outlay Fund for the project, based on the Fiscal Year 2006-07 General Fund balance available and establishes that amount in the Library Capital Outlay Fund for Capital Project, Fallbrook Branch Library, based on an Operating Transfer from the General Fund.

The total cost of the project is given as $10,336,000. Funds to furnish the new library will be provided by the Friends of the Fallbrook Library from their fundraising efforts.
“This has been a determined effort by many people,” Supervisor Horn said. “Through our District 5 Community Projects grants, we have given more than $900,000 of the $2 million raised by the Friends of the Fallbrook Library. I’m confident the Friends will raise another $1 million to put us over the top.”

The new facility would more than double the current library in size, which is one of the busiest in the County.