Opinion

New debate for old Snoqualmie Library

Should the city of Snoqualmie surplus its old library? It seemed like the sale of the former King County Library building, adjacent to the new Snoqualmie City Hall, was a done deal last year. But two members of the Snoqualmie City Council seem to be bucking the majority and called for more information last month prior to a decision to seek buyers.

Councilman Charles Peterson was vocal in his calls for consideration of the future needs of the city. Let’s remember that Peterson was the same guy who received the key to the city back in December for his role as a living memory bank for the community.

At the same time, councilwoman Kathi Prewitt said she wanted to hear from sales and lease brokers about the true value of the former library — how much the city might get for it.

At issue is more than just space. Other council members said the controversial decision to build a new city hall depended on full council support for the sale of the old library. Flipping that decision now, they say, puts the city’s integrity in question.

This is a real tough call. It pits the potential space needs of a future Snoqualmie with the need to pay off city hall debts today.

That building now sees little use, and proponents of selling the building might argue that the last thing the city needs is another vacant downtown building.

We’ll see whether new information changes the perceived value of that building. Skeptical council members say it won’t. But maybe now is a good time to decide what the future of Snoqualmie’s municipal campus will look like, and try to predict what the city’s future needs will be.

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