TRURO – Choosing the fate of the Truro library’s future may be one step closer to happening thanks to public input that will be gathered Saturday.
Public tours of both sites being considered for the new library – the old Normal College and the former hat factory, both on Prince Street – will take place Saturday. The Normal College will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., while the public will be welcomed into the old hat factory between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Truro Mayor Bill Mills said it’s imperative the community takes a close look at the buildings as residents are a vital part of the decision-making process and must be well informed.
“You can’t base it on outward appearances,” Mills told the Truro Daily News on Friday. “It’s in the hands of the community what will be happening with the library and the Normal College. We as a community will collectively decide on the fate of the library … (and) it would be unfair to say after the fact that we haven’t done enough.”
L&R Construction’s Leo Rovers, who has created designs for the re-vamping of the Normal College as a library site, said residents should participate in the tour because information will be first-hand and visuals will be posted of how the building could be transformed into a new library, which is easier to appreciate as opposed to information heard second-hand or based on assumptions.
“It’s important to know what’s going to happen based on (plans) not based on what it looks like now,” said Rovers, adding the building will “be beautiful.”
David Snook, of the Snook Group that is advocating plans the old hat factory, said public feedback is required in such a process.
“We have had very good feedback from people who have toured the interior of the old hat factory in recent days,” said Snook in an email to this paper. “We think they will be impressed with how spacious and open it is …”
Town Coun. Tom Chisholm, who is on the joint library committee, added, “don’t make up your mind until you’ve seen both … go with an open mind.”
The other town councillor on the joint committee, Brian Kinsman, said ultimately it’s about doing “what’s best for the community” but he cautioned “you have to visualize” what a library could look like in the old Normal College “because renovations would need to be done.”
Colchester County Coun. Karen MacKenzie, another member of the joint library committee, said she hopes involving the public will assist the decision-making process.
“I would so it makes a difference because if it doesn’t the whole thing is a moot point,” MacKenzie said.
Joint library committee members Colchester County Mayor Bob Taylor did not return a phone call from this paper by press time. Coun. Geoff Stewart wasn’t available for comment.
In addition to the library site tours today, a public meeting will be held at the Truro fire hall on Monday at 7 p.m. Municipal officials said it’s also important for residents to attend, hear the updated plans, and offer input.