The County Board of Supervisors voted on May 22 to begin the process of County
acquisition of the Verutti property next to the Felton Post Office. This decision is a huge step towards a new Felton branch library and real cause for celebration by all of us who have worked so hard on this issue for the past seven years.
The proposal by Supervisor Mark Stone was that the County draw up a “Memorandum of Understanding” with the Verutti family that allows final tests, planning approval, and legal documents to be completed and transfer of the property to the county to occur. You can see the detailed proposal by Supervisor Stone at http://sccounty01.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/bds/Govstream/BDSvData/non_legacy/agendas/2012/20120522/PDF/024.pdf
Felton Library Friends is extremely grateful for the patience and continuing generosity of the Veruttis, who first suggested donating their property more than ten years ago. We are also grateful to Supervisor Stone, architect Teal Messer (who has contributed to the project in countless ways), and to FLF’s “citizen member” of the Joint Powers Board, Nancy Gerdt, who has worked closely with all parties to bring about this decision.
FLF members have ample reason to feel optimistic and proud of our long fight for the Felton branch and for other community branches. In the coming months, FLF will begin exploring, in collaboration with the County, library administrators and the community, how a new library building on the property will be funded. FLF anticipates that the acquisition of this property will open new doors for grants and donations, and will provide impetus to a library system that has deemed a new Felton branch to be its highest priority capital project.
8th Annual SLV Poetry Reading
April 26, 2012
Theme: “Taking a Stand”
Poems selected for reading
by SC Poet Laureate David Swanger
Cade Martin-Hansen Taking a Stand in the Town Hall
Rowan Nolan Will You Come with Me?
Julia Poetzinger The Lonely
Paris Shewfelt Mother Earth v. Fossil Fuel
Sam Wylie Wrath of the Norsemen
Jordan Martinez Family Matters
Leila Brandt A Reflection of Humanity and Science
Zoe Webb My, Myself and I Versus the World
Christian Mark Earth
Walker Robustelli What Emissions?
Nancy Hoffman Insouciance
Susan Raineri When I Die
“ A Favorite Poem”
- Judy Anderson, Liberty Bank
- Jeff Calden, SLV Middle School
- Sheila DeLany, The Blind Pilot
- Beth Hollenbeck, Musician/Music Educator
- Jason McCluskey. Felton Library
- Matt McMillan, SLV Middle School
Sponsored by Felton Library Friends A chapter of Friends of the
Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Present: Nancy, Phyllis, Edna, Anita, Bob, Paul, April, Lucy.
County report: Nancy reported on progress regarding the County and the Verutti property. She reviewed projected costs for various tests and reports.
Poetry Reading: Members reviewed preparations and supplies and volunteered to bring refreshments.