Posted by Murray Grainger
As everyone knows, the current Omokoroa library and service centre has been groaning at the seams for a year or three now.
One day, when the Omokoroa community is large enough, we will get a whizz-bang, all singing, all dancing library, service centre, community hub etc like the new one which opens in Katikati on 21 August.
This new facility may be in the commercial area in Tralee St, it may be out by Prole Road, it may be somewhere else in the Stage 3 structure plan. But, wherever it is going to be built, it will be at least 10 years’ away.
That leaves a dilemma. The current facility is too small but the community size does not yet warrant the ratepayers spending $6 million or more on a new facility at a location yet to be agreed.
A clever, out-of-the-box thinker in the Council offices came up with a cunning plan.
Cooperate with the Sports and Recreation Society when they are building their new pavilion on the Western Ave Sports Ground, add an extra area on to the end of it and move the Council service centre and library there as an interim solution. Brilliant!
Liz and Lisa can put some more books on the shelves; people no longer need to sit on one another’s laps when having a meeting in the little room; when the final facility gets built and the library moves out, the community gains extra space in the pavilion; the ratepayers get some economy of scale by attaching to, and building at the same time as the Sports and Rec pavilion; there is no impact on rates; and the Council has a vested interest in making sure that everything flows smoothly for the pavilion project.
What’s not to like? Everyone’s a winner, and Omokoroa gets a new library in 2019.
(This was only agreed by Council on August 2 so the picture attached is a very early concept only, reality will be different,)