City to Host Public Meetings on Special Programs Fund and the Library Renovation and Expansion Project

The City of Oak Ridge has scheduled public meetings to gather community input on two important initiatives.

The meetings are scheduled for:

TopicSpecial Programs Fund Expenditures
DateMonday, April 4th from 6:30 p.m.--8:00 p.m.
LocationOak Ridge Civic Center, Social Room
1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike

TopicFeasibility Study for the Renovation and Expansion
of the Oak Ridge Public Library
DateTuesday, April 12th at 7:00 p.m.
LocationOak Ridge Civic Center, Social Room
1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike

The Special Programs Fund was established last year at the direction of City Council from revenues derived from red light and speed camera violations. City staff has recommended that expenditures from the Special Programs Fund be utilized for transportation enhancement projects to improve traffic capacity and safety, school crossings, and for bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements at multiple locations throughout the City. A list of proposed projects has been discussed at public work sessions of City Council.

The April 4th public meeting will serve as an additional opportunity for citizens to provide input into the use of the Special Programs Fund.

The April 12th public meeting focuses on the feasibility study for the renovation and expansion of the Oak Ridge Public Library. In 2010, City Council authorized the contract for the study, which is being funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The local firm Cockrill Design & Planning was retained by the City to conduct the study.

A series of stakeholder meetings was conducted last fall with the Cockrill firm, and its partner Providence Associates, to talk to library staff, city officials, and focus groups of library patrons to find out what they would like the Oak Ridge Public Library of the future to offer. A survey, both online and in hard copy, was also made available during October and November.

At the April 12th public meeting, Cockrill Design & Planning will present the study results and present design options for consideration. Participants will then meet in smaller groups for a chance to make comments and suggestions.

For more information about the April 4th meeting on Special Programs Fund Expenditures, contact Amy Fitzgerald, Government and Public Affairs Coordinator, at (865) 425-3554.

For more information about the renovation project, the feasibility study, or the survey, call the Library at (865) 425-3455.

News media contact: Amy Fitzgerald (865) 425-3554 or afitzgerald@oakridgetn.gov.