Possible library site a familiar one in Denison

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

DENISON, TX -- Denison city leaders are moving forward with plans for a new library. Monday night the council authorized the Pro Forma architectural firm to design a new building. Officials say the plans would cost about $39,000.

The Munson Foundation has offered to pay $30,000 and the library board is expected to pay the remaining balance. The current library was built in 1948. Officials say it doesn't have space for technology upgrades like more computers in the library.

"Pretty much everything has changed over the last 30-40 years from the way you shop at Albertsons to the way television is broadcast to the way Barnes and Noble sells books. So, just as it's changed in our day to day lives, it's pretty much changed for the library too," says Alvin Bailey, director of the Denison Library Board.

City leaders plan to hold a bond election in May that- if approved- would help finance the project.

They hope to build the new facility on the site of the old high school.

DENISON, Tex. -- Discussions of a new library in a familiar Denison location are on the city council’s agenda for Monday night’s scheduled meeting.

Council members are to decide if the library board can hire an architectural firm to design a new library. City leaders have discussed building a new library at the site of the old high school on Main Street. Old Denison High School was torn down earlier this year.

Council members are also to appoint members to the library board.

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  • by Teacher Location: Denison on Jan 13, 2008 at 07:45 PM
    I'm only voting for a library....after a new HS is built. The students of Denison have a library loaded with computers and books at school they can use. The HS is overcrowed and out dated. Please think of the needs for a new school before you start selling a new library to the voters. I'm not saying a new library is not needed...just not now. Education should be on the top of our list.
  • by Voter Location: Denison on Dec 28, 2007 at 07:08 AM
    VOTE YES FOR THE LIBRARY BOND ELECTION! Denisonian's need all the education resources they can get. And to Anonymous: Only a materialistic snob would believe computers are so cheap "everyone" can afford them. I find that amazing when we have more people on public assistance now more than ever, we have more homeless people, and more abused children. There are more people in this country in lower class (basically poverty) than any other class in our nation. I am sure most of them would disagree with you and choose to feed there families before they buy one of your so called “cheap’ computers! Wake up, your take on life is naive. Do your parents know you are using the internet?
  • by Ralph Location: Denison on Dec 21, 2007 at 09:56 AM
    Joe...Whether or not Denison will build a new HS is indeed uncertain. However, that does not change the fact that just TALK of a new HS is but one factor in how one may decide to vote on the library issue. In the past, I have not so much MADE comparisons with respect to Sherman and Denison, but I have addressed comaprisons others have made...especially assertions that Denison should try to be more like Sherman. These are two different entities, each with a unique set of factors that have affected their respective economic condition, and "neighbor envy" is counterproductive. Denison has its unique qualities on which it should build, and we should not gripe about developments like Town North not being here. People should make an effort to be informed, but that is not the issue here. It is about those who support this library reaching out and demonstrating it is worthy of being at the top of the needs list. Oh, and comparisons aside, I still believe our taxes are too high.
  • by Joe on Dec 21, 2007 at 02:23 AM
    No Ralph I've never met anyone who thinks they are under taxed. But I do know that most of the people in Denison are the most negative, pessimistic people who will give you information that is not anywhere near the truth. As far as the combined taxes, no matter where you live your paying both,and your statements in the past have said Denison taxes are high. You have made the comparisons between Sherman Denison. Everything isn't about a rivalry both cities compare one another.As far as being informed about positions in the city each citizen has a responsibility to get involved, there are not any hidden agendas. Go to any meeting school or city and see the turnout. As far as a new high school believe it when you see it. Read the comments on this alone board over the past year and you see a big part of the problem. No pride.
  • by Ralph Location: Denison on Dec 20, 2007 at 10:48 PM
    Joe from Big D: The combined property tax rate for the past year(City ISD) was almost 7 cents higher (per $100 value)in Sherman. In that regard you would have a better point if my refernce had been in regard to combined taxes, or if the library bond was a combined City ISD effort. The $5M library bond will be a City effort, and currently the Denison rate is about 16 cents/$100 higher than Sherman. Should we also compare water rates, trash collection etc.? OR ignore the talk of Denison ISD considering a bond issue(new HS), as well? This is not part of the silly Sherman vs Denison issue that has been a disservice to both communities. Trying to sell this bond with an argument hinged on the combined (City ISD / Sherman vs Denison)tax rates will prove to be poor salesmanship come May. Considering all the tax/economic/priority factors (plus gas prices et al) I mentioned in my first post, this bond will be a tough sell. Do you really think Denison voters believe they are undertaxed?
  • by Anonymous Location: Denison on Dec 20, 2007 at 03:57 PM
    To: Craziness: If you don't go to the Library and so many people don't anymore. The schools or full of computers for the students. Why is our library not suffice enough for those who don't have one? P.S. Computers are so cheap now people are always willing to donate old one to someone as they upgrade.
  • by Joe Location: Big D on Dec 20, 2007 at 02:40 PM
    Ralph, do you know the combined tax rate (school and city) for someone living in Denison compared to Sherman? Please give me the facts not Denison's Taxes are high. You can find them online at the Grayson CAD website. I would appreciate it if you would post them here. Thanks in advance.
  • by Red Location: Sherman on Dec 20, 2007 at 11:15 AM
    Betty, many of us who have moved to Sherman in recent years moved here to get away from what Sherman is now becoming.
  • by Craziness Location: Denison on Dec 20, 2007 at 09:17 AM
    The library would cost the taxpayers (if it passes) money if it is located on the "old" high school site or not. For those of you who say they never go the library and use home computers instead, what about the less fortunate and the students in our community who have no other place to go other than the library. Are we now a community so wrapped up with conspiracy theories we could care less about the people who could benefit? Frankly, I don’t utilize the library either, but I recognize its value to the community. The library offers many more services than providing just computers and books. Maybe some of you should give the library a call and see what they do for the folks in our community before you decide to show your City Council your retaliation. In the end, you are really not going to affect the City Council, they will be gone when their term is up, but those who truly utilize the library are going to be the ones who sufferer from your retaliation. As for my connection to the City, I am a VERY involved citizen and I agree there are things to be improved, but I will never bash the people trying to make a difference whether I agree with them or not. I feel they are doing the best with what they have to work with (which is not much). No, I am not related to anyone of importance and I don’t have millions. I am young, persistent, positive, and I don’t have a hidden agenda. I was raised here and will love Denison whether it becomes a vacant lot or the next McKinney.
  • by Ann Location: Denison on Dec 20, 2007 at 08:32 AM
    I agree with Allen It was the city's plan all along or they would not have been so quick to tear it down when Denison residents were working so hard to save it. However I might vote for a nice Park there. It would be a save place for mother's to take their little ones with a nice fence around it. BUT I WILL NOT VOTE FOR A LIBRARY THERE. because that is exactly why I feel they pushed so hard to tear it down Thanks
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