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Loomis Town Council praises library’s success

By: Brody Fernandez Of Gold Country Media
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The Loomis Library & Community Learning Center was the favorite topic of the night at Tuesday’s Loomis Town Council meeting.

The meeting kicked off with an annual report from the library.

Jenny Knisely, the library’s board president and also the Friends of the Loomis Library president, expressed excitement for the library’s continued success.

Sarah Comstock, hired as the librarian in January, also talked about library programs and status updates.

“We are now at over 800 card holders. Last month, we added a hundred card holders and we’re adding more than 50 a month,” Comstock said. “We are checking out more than 750 items a month.”

Many library programs were showcased in the annual report.

“We have weekly storytimes for preschoolers, we have our mini horse “big daddy” come and help students learn to read for storytime,” Comstock said. “That’s always a big draw.”

Summer-reading programs are also in full swing and Comstock summarized the report by assuring council that the library is alive and thriving.

“These programs will further encourage kids to read and learn,” Comstock said.

Library representatives praised the council for its continued support for the Loomis Library.

“As you can see, we are doing a lot more than just books at our library,” Knisely said.

The library logged more than 6,900 volunteer hours last year and partners with the Loomis Historical Society with a genealogy section where anyone interested in their heritage can learn more.

“It’s a hope that one day, we have a museum to go along with our library,” Knisely said.

Thanks to council approving requests for bids prior to this council meeting, the library board will hire a consultant for a 10-year strategic plan.  

Mayor Rhonda Morrillas was glad that the library provides many programs for residents.

“I really enjoy being able to meet there with friends and enjoy uses the library provides to us all,” Morillas said.

Councilman Miguel Ucovich wants more advertising for the library.

“I would like to see you get brochures out to the public,” Ucovich said. “Ninety percent of the people who voted for the library really don't understand what the library's all about. I know you (the library) already approved your budget but this would be good for people to know what you are doing.”  

Councilman Brian Baker praised the library.

“I really want to applaud what you guys are doing,” Baker said, The future of a library is not just books on a shelf; it’s a complete community outreach organization. My daughter goes with my wife to the library very often and they both enjoy it.”

Loomis Planning Commissioner Jean Wilson spoke at the public comment section regarding the library.

“The weekly current events classes are really interesting. There's a monthly historical society lecture and the genealogy society with the DNA series they are doing has become extremely popular,” Wilson said.   

 

In other news

Item 11 on the agenda was a staff report on Maintenance District Updates set up to maintain specific infrastructure. The recommended action was to ask staff to prepare plans and an estimate for a seal coat project to select districts for project bidding. This resolution passed unanimously.  

Item 12 was a South Placer Municipal Utility District (SPMUD) Diversion Line Update Update on the sewer lines going in on the other side of the freeway along Brace Road, which will have to be closed for up to 12 weeks following completion.

Eric Neilsen from the utility district presented the update to council.

“In regards to the residents along Brace Road, they will always have access to their property but thru traffic will be restricted when we drill and blast the rock,” Nielsen said.

The rock he’s referring to sits along the pathway to construction and is currently obstructing the needed space in order for completion of the sewer line.

“A lot of the rock has already been broken through with a total of 52 controlled blasts. As well as the installation of the pipe-paving work and service restorations to be done,” Nielsen said, “work will be complete in September (12 weeks).”  

Item 13 approved voting delegates to the League of Cities conference. Council unanimously elected Mayor Rhonda Morrillas and one alternate (Miguel Ucovich) for the League of Cities conference in Long Beach.