There’s been plenty of discussion in recent years about the preferred site for a new Colchester-East Hants Public Library.
And there will be plenty more when a long overdue public meeting takes place Monday at the Truro fire hall, beginning at 7 p.m.
Truro town council is anxious to make a decision on this matter but a six-member town/county joint selection committee remains hopelessly deadlocked.
The three town council members prefer the former Normal College, a majestic 136-year-old building located in the heart of the downtown. The three Colchester County members like the old hat factory/bowling alley, a huge two-storey warehouse built in the early 1940s and located on the outer edge on the downtown core.
And so, after the closed-door committee discussion failed to reach a consensus, town council is hopeful the public meeting will help them determine the best course of action.
No doubt they’ll have plenty to consider because supporters of both locations figure to be well represented at the meeting and anything but shy.
Adding another welcome wrinkle to the debate are the public tours that have taken place at the old hat factory/bowling alley this week, and which will take place at the same location as well as Normal College tomorrow.
Sure, this is an exercise designed to win hearts and minds but there is nothing wrong with that.
Dave Snook, the owner of the old hat factory/bowling alley building, and Leo Rovers, the developer who wants to resurrect Normal College, are both passionate about their respective projects.
They should be, too, because each location has its advantages and drawings of the buildings as libraries are particularly enticing.
We encourage everyone who has an interest in the library’s future location to take in both tours tomorrow, envision the possibilities and let those tasked with making the final decision know your preference.
The Normal College will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The hat factory/bowling alley tour runs from 10 p.m. to 2 p.m.