Copperopolis library's future in question



The Copperopolis Branch Library will move. But where or if it will ever reopen has yet to be determined.

Calaveras County Librarian Maurie Hoekstra met in a study session with the Board of Supervisors on Monday to discuss options for relocating the branch library.

The county now leases space from a Copperopolis developer for $848 per month. Rent was increased in August from $689, and that same month, the library was given notice its lease would not be renewed after August 2003.

Hoekstra presented two options for new locations. One option would be to rent a storefront at the Lake Tulloch Plaza near Copper Cove Drive for $1,675 per month. The other option would be to rent a mobile office for $1,645 per month and park it on county-owned land at the Copperopolis waste transfer station.

However, the second option would cost an additional $25,000 up front for utility hookups and delivery of the mobile office.

Supervisors said they could pay the library's moving costs, but the board was unanimous in not wanting to pay an additional $700 in rent each month.

Chairman Merita Callaway said the board agreed Monday it might pay a portion of the extra rent, and Friends of the Library, a volunteer organization dedicated to helping the library by raising money, could pay the difference. The group has raised $17,000 to date.

"Because we're going into a tight budget year, we felt there should be some cost sharing with Friends of the Library," Callaway said.

The supervisors didn't like the idea of moving onto transfer station property, either.

"That seemed like an awful lot of money for something that would have been temporary," Callaway said.

The Friends of the Library prefer moving into the shop at Lake Tulloch Plaza. However, the group planned to use its earnings to someday buy a permanent home for the library.

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