The new library is in the news. A great letter of support from Phyllis Bratton, Library Director the University of Jamestown’s Raugust Library, was published in the Sun, http://www.jamestownsun.com/content/jamestown-needs-new-library-community
And, MetroPlains, the Minneapolis real estate developer that has brought Jamestown the James House and the Post House, has said they have a purchase agreement with Essentia for the site where the library board intends to build the new library.http://www.jamestownsun.com/content/land-where-new-library-was-going-sold-metroplains The library board is in discussion with Essentia and Metroplains to resolve the issue. We will bring you updates as they occur.
November 26, 2013
Letter to the Editor
Is this Essentia property on 3rd Street and 4th Avenue SE going to be a place where we citizens of Jamestown, the county, and our future generations will drive by and say “what a beautiful library and a great asset for the people of our community and for the area. Or will it be – “Who were those council members who chose to designate this site for a Renaissance Zone project to accommodate Essentia Health in quickly selling their property, and Metro Plains for their housing tax credit project? It looks like they had no care for the continuing education and its livability for our citizens, for the young through the old.”
The Jamestown city’s Vision Statement reads - ”To be the most desirable community to live, work, and play, supported by a proactive, efficient and transparent municipal government.” Certainly a library on this site would be more desirable than apartment building for Metro Plains.
Essentia’s Mission is “We are called to make a healthy difference in people’s lives.” “We believe in having a meaningful presence in the communities we serve.” “Our highest priority is the people we serve.”
Because I at times get cynical about giving, I re-read the book “The Treasure Principle” about giving to remind me that faith and finances are inseparable. It is not just finances. It is making a better place for others. That we, in passing through this earth, are all just the middle-(wo)man – All caretakers.
I also read – “A good name is better than great wealth, compassion is better than gold.” It is a good name of our city that the city council members will hold if they vote to reject this proposed Renaissance Zone. I would think that even the Essentia Health people would be concerned about their good name – concerned about the health of our community. One’s good name lives long after one’s own years on earth. ”A good name is rather to be chosen over great riches and loving favor rather than silver and gold.” Proverbs 22.1. The council, Essentia, and Metro Plains can choose having a good name, they can grant favor to the people of Jamestown and the surrounding area. Where is that good name? Where is that compassion?
The council will be voting No or Yes on December 2nd. Call them, and importantly go to the meeting and tell them to vote NO.