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May 25, 2017 · OPINION

Fauquier County’s needs greater than its “wants”

File Photo/Lawrence Emerson
The county supervisors will consider building a new structure on Waterloo Street in Warrenton to replace the library on Winchester Street.
By Kay Young

A new library in Warrenton . . . “a want, not a need.”

The county NEEDs better roads, better fire/emergency response facilities, better cell/internet options (fill in the blanks).

The idea that the county would spend $1 million on Waterloo Bridge’s estimated $4-million renovation or $15 million on a new library (apparently because there is limited parking) is ludicrous.

I truly hope that all county residents will consider how THEY would spend $16 million of their own personal funds. If you are concerned about how the county chooses to invest your tax dollars, contact your supervisor and let him or her know.
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vipermike98 · July 21, 2017 at 2:18 pm
Doesn't make much sense to waste tax payer funds for the Library, as mentioned earlier, there is plenty of free online content. Further, wasting hard earned tax money on a bridge that does nothing for the VA tax payer also seems like government waste fraud and abuse. I would support building a park or recreation center for the children. Maybe build the recreation center and merge the library into it.
xMarkFitzx · June 10, 2017 at 11:48 am
From looking at some historical numbers provided by the Town census information online, book readership and visits to the current library have dropping year to year, based upon that what would warrant the building of a new expansive library?

As millennials approach the age where they can buy real estate or take over an inherited property, my opinion is that those numbers will continue to drop even further.

Almost everything can be read online. The internet has become a dominant powerful tool, one that I would suspect 95% of younger Americans have come to embrace over traditional paper media, hence the drops in readerships and subscriptions to major news organizations in recent years.

Maybe a better answer would be to incorporate a "learning center" into a mixed use retail location?

Again, all my humble opinion.
xMarkFitzx · June 10, 2017 at 11:39 am
In reply: We have two generations in Fauquier in my Family so not "newbies" necessarily, just newly moving to old town. I am a big fan of the PDR. My family owns a farm off Wilson road towards Carters Run. I would hate to see any of that portion of Fauquier developed in my lifetime.

However, the Town of Warrenton is a different story. It's already mostly developed. Although my below comment was simply my humble opinion I cannot imagine any of the Towns constituents would be upset with a lovely park and some shops and dining! Especially if they went to sell their nearby real estate in the future.
Jim Griffin · June 10, 2017 at 11:35 am

Is the library really a "goody" sought by "newbies"? Isn't it something we already have -- a library -- and not a product of residential growth?

In that vein of discussion, what do you make of the two new car dealerships proposed for Marshall? Does PDR address that? You aren't tying these to residential growth, are you, or are they the antidote: More commercial development, less residential development?

Do you prefer commercial development to residential development? Which better preserves the character and culture of our community, in your view?

Genuinely curious about your opinion, which I respect.
martinkus · June 10, 2017 at 11:12 am
And this is what happens when residential growth continues on and on in our county..."newbies" want all of the "goodies" they left behind in the urban areas. The Town of Warrenton may be doomed to a future existence much like like Gainesville (yuck!) Thank GOD for the PDR program that will keep the northern and southern parts of Fauquier beautiful!
xMarkFitzx · June 9, 2017 at 12:13 pm
Apologies for my bad grammar, iPhone keyboard grin
xMarkFitzx · June 9, 2017 at 12:12 pm
As a new resident that will be facing this propsed site on Waterloo from my front porch. I would emplore residents to consider other options. the Town "needs" a small mixed use retail town center. I would enplore members of the board to go visit the Mosaic District in Fairfax County close to Falls Church. What was once a desolate old movie theater is now one of the most thriving destination locations in the county and it sits on a lost not to dissimilar from the Fletcher tract. Mixed use retail, upscale dining, park with water feature, and living spaces. This would be a much better usage of taxpayer dollars and would actually provide a return on the investment for the town and boost property values big time. Constituents don't need to carry a 15M burden on their backs and get no return on the investment. IMHO.
Jim Griffin · May 29, 2017 at 12:34 pm
Broadband, library and schools are intertwined. The library works as a data center, hub to the county's network. There should be a role for students in its operation, interns for networking jobs to which they can aspire and receive training. OVH and other cloud/networking companies deserve a potential workforce with experience.

Knowledge, culture, communications, arts are essential elements of citizenship.
BJ · May 26, 2017 at 8:39 am
I love the library and an updated one, in a larger building with more parking would be wonderful. Does the county "need" to build a "new" one? No actually, the Mosby House (with additional parking at the Visitor's Center), or Warrenton Middle School (if closed) would work. There are other structures in the town that could be used. Yet, it is time for an updated library to accommodate the growing community and "need" for internet connectivity.
mcm37 · May 26, 2017 at 6:56 am
Have you actually been to the Warrenton library? We badly need a new one, and not just because of parking.

It is very sad that literacy and community have become so devalued in our society that a library is seen as a waste of money.
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