Library might have new home

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By SCOTT PESZNECKER

The county library's Copperopolis branch might have found a new nook.

County Librarian Maurie Hoekstra has asked the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors to approve moving the branch library into new office space in the Copper Cove Center on Copper Cove Drive at O'Byrnes Ferry Road.

The item will be voted on as part of the consent agenda. Consent agenda items are usually passed without controversy. All consent agenda items are open for public comment before the vote is taken.

The new location, at 60 Copper Cove Drive, is 1,675 square feet and will cost $1,675 per month.

The agreement with building owner Lawrence Gelhaus of Valley Springs would be good for three years with automatic one-year renewals after that.

With the board's approval, the county would end its lease with Lemke Properties as of Feb. 1.

The county now leases the space at 49 Cosmic Court from the developer for $848 per month. Rent was increased to that amount in August from $689, and that same month, the library was given notice that its lease would not be renewed after August 2003.

The board agreed in mid-December that it would pay a portion of the rent difference, and Friends of the Library, which has raised $17,000 so far, can make up the rest. Another location the library considered would have cost about the same in rent, but making the site ready for use would have been costly.

Space for incoming District 5 Supervisor Victoria Erickson to meet with constituents will be available at the new office.

If supervisors agree to the consent agenda, the library branch would be closed for a "short time" while the move is completed, a memo by Hoekstra said.

In other meeting news:

Rancho Calaveras resident Victoria Erickson will be sworn in as the new District 5 supervisor at 6:30 p.m.

Erickson, who defeated Rancho Calaveras resident Dennis McCord in the November runoff election for the seat, replaces eight-year supervisor Terri Bailey, who did not seek re-election.

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