New Silverdale Library gets $10,000 boost

The new library proposed for Silverdale got a financial shot in the arm when three local businessmen agreed to donate $10,000 to the building fund.

The donation is expected to be made during the Central Kitsap Community Council meeting at 7 tonight, at the Fire and Water District building at 5300 Newberry Hill Road.

Dennis Morrow, owner of Prudential Northwest Real Estate; Byron Harris, realtor; and Mark Williamson, realtor are donating part of the commission on the sale of the “Severson Property,” which was sold to the county and tapped as the site for the new Silverdale Community Campus. The campus will include a new Silverdale Library. The funds will be donated to the Kitsap Regional Library Foundation, a non-profit organization.

“I love the library,” Williamson said adding that now’s the time to get the project rolling.

“The library helps everyone in the community,” he said.

The Foundation will earmark the funds for the CK/Silverdale Library building fund.

The funds will assist KRL in the early months of a possible bond campaign to build the new library said Audrey Newell, KRL spokeswoman.

“We are thrilled to receive the $10,000 of seed money for the CK/Silverdale Library building fund. Kitsap Regional Library looks forward to serving the residents of Central Kitsap in a larger, more modern facility,” said Ellen Newberg KRL’s executive director.

The County’s recent acquisition of centrally located land resolved one of the two major issues that caused the KRL board members to place the CK/Silverdale Library building project on hold in November 2002.

The second issue, how to fund the projected $200,000-$300,000 annual increase in operational costs for the new facility, remains to be resolved. The library and county hope to be able to place a construction bond for the new building before the Central Kitsap voters as early as 2006.

The proposed CK/Silverdale Library would replace the 4,950 square foot building on Carlton Street in Old Town with a new 24,980 square foot facility to better serve the growing population of 77,000 Central Kitsap residents.

When built, the CK library would be the largest in the KRL system.

“The CK area is growing fast and is under served,” Newell said.

Funding for operating the system’s nine libraries has come in many different forms from private donations, as is done on Bainbridge Island, to passing a tax, as Poulsbo did. Of the library buildings only two are actually owned by KRL, the Central Branch on Sylvan Way and Silverdale.

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