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January 5, 2013

Projects could ignite debate

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NORMAN —

Money has been at the heart of delays in building further libraries. In this case, it is proposed that money freed up by the transportation bond could be diverted toward this project.

Opponents are likely to argue that money is already committed to other road projects.

The Pioneer Library System recently approved money for a library service point to be provided through an automated 24-Hour Library by EnvisonWare. This ATM-style machine for books allows for round the clock browsing of up to 400 books along with automated check out and check in as well as holds pickup availability.

“We’re hoping that it will be installed by mid-March,” said Executive Director Anne Masters.

The 24-Hour Library station will be an outdoor, canopied fixture and the first of its kind in the United States. Patrons will even be able to pay fines and order a library card at the 24-Hour service point.

If an eastside branch were to be built in the near future, PLS would be asked to find the funding to staff that facility as well as providing technogy, books and materials for the site. The city is responsible for providing the building for Norman library branch sites.

Discussion on the topic could be lively.

On the consent agenda for first reading is an ordinance that will allow voters to increase the hotel/motel tax by one percent raising it from four percent to five percent. Items on the consent agenda are generally not discussed at any length. The issue will be discussed in more depth at the next council meeting as it comes up for adoption.

Also on the consent docket is a potentially controversial request for proposals. The Norman Utilities Authority would issue the RFP for a consultant to provide an engineering report for a northside sewer treatment plant.

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