YACHATS — Though there are no definite plans for what either facility will look like after renovations are complete, Yachats has taken its first major step toward more space for both library and city staff.
The council has authorized City Manager Shannon Beaucaire to commission the architects currently working on library plans to also develop conceptual drawings of how the 501 Building could house city hall, its staff and a civic meeting room.
A new office location for city staff is also one of the council’s highest priorities in their list of goals. And the possibility of using the 501 for that purpose has been brought up in past meetings during discussions about the library’s upgrade.
Neither actions were decision items listed on the agenda of either meeting, which required a later formulation of resolutions for the mayor to sign and add to city records.
The city has passed a resolution to continue work with the architects to find an affordable avenue for remodeling and possibly expanding the library, a decision made after hearing a report from the Library Commission on Nov. 7.
Requests for the library’s upgrade from the library commission included an expanded children’s area as well as more community space and room for technology. In addition, the library struggles with having enough storage space for the annual book sale fundraiser — one library volunteer reported that last year’s sale featured around 10,000 books.
The “2+2” committee, comprised of city councilors, library commission members and the city manager, has been meeting for several months in an effort to find a solution to the library’s current space constraints. There had been consideration of moving the library into the 501 building — which was previously a bank and is located next to the Commons — or expanding the current building.
After months of discussion and reviewing consultations from Westech Engineering, it was decided that the more wise and feasible option was to find a remodeling solution, given a number of factors — not the least of which being funding.
The Yachats Library is not part of the Lincoln County Library District, nor is it part of any partnerships with other libraries. The library is also staffed entirely by volunteers, keeping costs down. Funding for the move and renovations would have to come from fundraising and city funds.