Tonight’s City Council meeting will deal with issues related to the City’s libraries as well as an assessment of its commercial and residential garbage services.
In August, the City published an invitation to bidders wishing to construct the new library in Old Town Newhall. Although 26 companies submitted a proposal, the City has rejected each of them, finding that many of the bidders failed to submit the required documents.
As a result, City staff is recommending that Council re-advertise the bid proposal.
Once completed, the new library in Newhall will be included in the City-wide library system, which will be established next year.
Council voted to pull from the Los Angeles County library system in August, awarding a contract to Library Systems and Services, Inc. to operate the libraries in Valencia, Newhall and Canyon Country.
Council opted to pull from the County Library after hours of public testimony generally advising against the move.
Despite lingering public concern, the City has remained steadfast in its stance that it will do whatever it can to provide a premium level of library services once it fully cedes from the County Library.
At tonight’s meeting, the City will announce its plan to form a Citizens Public Library Advisory Committee. According to the agenda, the purpose of the committee is to provide public input in creating a strategic plan for the City library system.
Applications for the committee will be available on October 14. Council will appoint the committee’s members at its meeting on November 23.
Council is also expected to approve the execution of all documents for the purchase of 842 acres in Elsmere Canyon. The beloved wildlife corridor lies east of Highway 14 near the Newhall Pass.
Council will also review an audit of the City’s residential and commercial waste haulers. Last year, the City awarded the contract for the audit to a third-party company and Council will use tonight’s meeting to discuss how they can move forward with the waste removal franchises.
Tonight’s meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall.