Just got back from the meeting at the Community Center with Amelia Shelley, Executive Director of the Fort Vancouver Library system, and I am excited. A good sized crowd listened while she gave a history of what sites for the library had been evaluated, and why they were not chosen. She then talked about the environmental and other studies that had been done to see if the current site of the Community Center would be feasible for a library.

The last thing still to be evaluated is the contamination of the soil around the Community Center due to the poisons put there by the wood treatment plant and the former dry cleaners. Those studies will not be complete for awhile – in fact a group will start drilling Monday to monitor what’s happening in the soil. This means the site will not be officially chosen for awhile, so things are still up in the air, but if the report is positive it looks as if we will have a new library soon.

Lots of questions were asked and answered. There was good audience participation. Jane Higgins, Board Member of the Library, complimented us on how well people in Ridgefield have worked together towards this common goal. Jane was a powerhouse in the building of the Battle Ground library.

The thing I liked best about the information given was the fact that the new building will be first class, with new HVAC, lighting, a new facade, etc. An addition to the east will enlarge the size of the building so it’s within range of the required space. Ms. Shelley has already overseen the building of new libraries around the country, and she has a good idea of what’s needed to make it happen.

Thanks to all who participated in the discussion, and remember – there are matching funds available for anyone who donates $10,000 or more to the Ridgefield Community Library Buiding Fund. If the money is a rollover from an IRA you do not need to pay taxes on it.


  1. “poisons put there by the wood treatment plant and former dry cleaners” —sheesh, exaggerate much? That line implies an intention.

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