KCLS Board Defers Action On North Highline Libraries, For Now At Least

by Ralph Nichols

Proposed consolidation of the White Center and Boulevard Park libraries was deferred Tuesday (June 28) pending more information about possible annexation by Burien of the North Highline unincorporated area.

King County Library System trustees voted 3-0 to delay action on a staff recommendation to move forward with building a new North Highline library and consolidating the two existing North Burien libraries in that facility.

Board of Trustees President Judge Richard Eadie and trustees Rob Spitzer and Jessica Bonebright voted to place the consolidation recommendation on hold. Trustee Jim Wigfall was absent.

Before the vote, Burien City Councilwoman Lucy Krakowiak, who is also a library system trustee, recused herself.

Although she represents Burien on the city council, Krakowiak explained that she avoids conflicts of interest by not participating in Burien library issues before the trustees.

More than 20 persons, most of them residents of North Burien, addressed the trustees for over an hour, all asking that the White Center and Boulevard Park libraries remain open and be upgraded with funds provided in a 2004 library system capital bond issue approved by voters.

Spitzer then said “it would be premature to take action” at this time, and immediately made a motion for delay, which was seconded by Bonebright.

“I agree it would be premature … while it is still so up in the air,” including possible annexation by Burien, she said.

The action to delay occurred without any discussion of the proposed consolidation by the trustees or library system staff.

No date was set for further consideration of this issue.

Look for a full report on the B-Town Blog on Wednesday, June 29.

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