The City Council approved the new design for the Old Town Newhall Library during Tuesday’s meeting.
The original design was rejected by the Redevelopment Agency because it looked too much like a ski lodge as described by some committee members.
Councilmembers made additional suggestions for the new design such as are more prominent placement of the U.S. Flag and different materials to be used on the façade.
During the last City Council Meeting, Krissy McAfee spoke to the council about her son’s heroin problem. Her emotional plea prompted Councilmember Frank Ferry to request the William S. Hart Union High School District review its zero tolerance policy regarding student’s drug and alcohol abuse.
“We have a great opportunity here to be at the forefront of high school districts throughout the state,” said Councilmember Frank Ferry. “We can actually do something with that kid prior to it going to alcohol, marijuana, meth and heroin.”
The school district’s governing board will now review their current zero tolerance policy and either an ad hoc committee will be formed or representatives of the school trustee’s council will serve as representatives of the City Council.
During the public comment portion of the meeting, residents from the Singing Hills Drive neighborhood came forward to protest the proposed development of a medical building on the corner of Singing Hills Drive and McBean Parkway.