Meg Olson’s article on the recent two meetings of the Park and Recreation Board is a good report of what went on. [(http://www.allpointbulletin.com/2015/07/31/parks-board-backslides-on-library-commitment/ ] However, it may leave an impression that the new library project is in some kind of trouble. It is not. As of July 31, 2015, FOPRL has raised $465,000, $20,000 in the last 2 weeks alone. We need to raise another $73,000 and expect to do so by the end of the year.
Last October, a new Memo of Understanding/MOU was negotiated among FOPRL, the Park and Recreation District, and the Whatcom County Library System. In it, the Park and Recreation District made a legal commitment to try to close any funding gap to ensure that the new library is completed.
FOPRL will continue to raise funds. When we have $538,000 or see no possibility for further funds being raised, the ball is in the Park and Recreation District’s court: they can either bring the building in with the money that has been raised or they can try to raise additional funds.
FOPRL continues fully to accept its responsibility to try to complete the fundraising goal of $538,000. Support for this project is very broad with well over a thousand donors. We thank every person, group, business, foundation and agency that has contributed their time, money, or goods to this project and we hope you will continue to help get this library built.
Judy Ross, Fundraising Chair