On June 16 the Charleston County Council is scheduled to have a final vote on the location of the new library on James Island. County Council had asked the library board to study the issue and make a recommendation to them. The library board used the following objective criteria: geographic centrality, density of population, site size (building, parking and possible expansion), access from all parts of James Island, visibility and environment (example: re-use of existing building).

After examining all of the sites using the above mentioned criteria, the library board recommended two sites to County Council: the Bi-Lo site, and the Public Service District land on Dills Bluff. Since the PSD is asking for too much money for its land, the Bi-Lo site best matches all of the criteria. It would also be the most economical for the residents of James Island and Charleston County.

At the Finance Committee meeting on May 28, County Council selected property on Grimball Road, the former Baxter Patrick school site, which does not meet the criteria established by the library board as well as the Bi-Lo site does. Comments had been made at an earlier meeting that a majority of community members supported the Baxter Patrick site. This support came from petitions that misinformed members of the community that if the Baxter Patrick site was not chosen for the new library, the school district might use it as a parking lot for buses.

I urge County Council to vote for the library board’s recommendation for the new library on James Island to be the Bi-Lo site. This site best meets the criteria established by the library board mentioned above.

Stewart Weinberg, Ph.D.

Howard Mary Drive

Charleston