At the City Council meeting on Wednesday August 13, 2014 the current mayor of Wildomar asked staff to look into signs so that residents can find the local library. After leaving the meeting having made a suggestion of attaching a sign to the existing stop light where a street sign normally hangs, I have been to the Mission Trail Library at least a thousand times since it opened July of 2001 and get there by rote, I decided to swing by the library on the way home.
Low and behold within minutes of the mayors request to staff there in the darkness is a sign calling out to me, it says library.
Approaching the library from either the north or the south are international road signs for a library.
Granted some work needs to be done with the encroachment of shrubbery in the easement which blocks the sign
and cleaning these signs as both could use it, but they are there.
While we are at the library there will be a meeting concerning buses and routes in the local area held on September 8, 2014 from 4-7 PM. Some people are concerned about the lack of routes in Wildomar but I think the more important item to be concerned about is
The lack of covered stops, have you ever stood in the baking sun or the pouring rain waiting for a bus. Some stops in this town don’t even have a bench. Advertising could be used to pay for maintenance, if it doesn’t violate the counties banner ordinance. One other thing this meeting is being proclaimed to set the routes for the next ten years, problem with that is this local meeting is held every year about the same time.
It’s good to have the Library signs up…Even though one of them looks somewhat the worse for wear and the landscaping needs to be trimmed so people can see them clearly. However, the whole sequence of events in getting them put up is rather troubling. The council is supposed to publicly discuss and consider the costs BEFORE action is taken and money for the expenditure is approved.
So once again city officials – both staff employees and council members – appear to have put the cart before the horse. Mayor Swanson’s request to have staff look into the matter smacks of a CYA effort to cover up the fact the once again our council is discussing and agreeing on actions in private rather than at open public council meetings.
Looks like you hooked Martha here. She took your sarcasm literally. How did she miss the fact that you were poking fun at the mayor’s proposal to install signs, where some already exist? Oh, that’s just who she is, a person that only posts things if they can be done in a negative manner. “CYA”? JMFC come up for some oxygen before the rest of your gray matter turns to mush.
Seeing your pics of the signs makes me wonder what other kinds of signs the mayor thinks we need to alert people to a library being there.
Maybe the mayor would like a flashing neon arrow or a digital screen. A banner on the chainlink fence at both ends of the property might do it or we could have one of the local artist scrawl the new name across the top of the building for all to see. A giant purple gorilla might be too much.
Anything that might indicate the this is an AREA PUBLIC library that doesn’t exclude Lakeland Village might be nice. After all the county built this library before Wildomar incorporated with the intention that it serve all the people in the local unincorporated area. And, no, Ken I didn’t get “hooked” on your sarcasm literally, but went along with it for the ride. Imprinting WILDOMAR on everything in site will not change the instability of the city, but the council members are banking on it securing the city’s and their own political futures.
You are absolutely correct in that the library is a Riverside County Public Library, was pay for and services the communities of Lakeland Village, Wildomar and portions of Menifee and Lake Elsinore. (Fact, Lake Elsinore has two libraries one is called the Altha Merrifield Memorial Library and the other is the Vick Knight Community Library. The only cities that name libraries after the city are the ones that actually pay for the building such as Murrieta, Canyon Lake and one library in Temecula, the County library there is called the Grace Mellman Library.
The City of Wildomar only wanted the name change so that the council could feel important. The biggest problem I see is that with cityhood the county no longer collects a couple of fees on new housing within the city limits and with the city having its priorities shoved up where the sun don’t shine the current library will suffer immensely once the last of the County DIF money is gone, that is all she wrote.
This community had a library up until sometime in the mid-1930s when Mr. Collier passed and no one wanted to continue it so they closed it. Kind of like the park they had back then.
Slapping Wildomar on everything is like window dressing, it shows on the outside but the inside is a whole nother story.
How about a sign saying “this is supposed to be a city so use your imagination”. Or how about a sign saying ” Welcome to the city of park insanity”. Or better yet ” This is supposed to be a PARK visit at your own risk”.
We need more parks and amenities. A special one for the metally handicapped people such as the city council members. It needent be large maybe just 20 foot square with a high fence around it. Then we could invite the city coucil members there for a day of fun and lock them in the park. Leave a ball of string in the park with a sign saying when you discover which end is the beginning of the ball of string and which is the end we will unlock the park gate so you can leave and get back to planning what this so called city really needs. Things like a real police department not rented cops from the sherriffs department that sometimes actually show up when there is a problems but do NOTHING about it. Yep more tax dollars WASTED. I’m sick and tired of hearing we need more parks. We need another park like I need a second rectal orfice. Stop with the Lets build and improve our parks crap and hire a police force that will patrol this city and get rid of the parl vandals, transients that make the park their home and unsafe for children and other visitors, the vagarents that use the park as their personal rest room and the drunks and drug addicts that use the park as their official meeting area for reunions. We need a city council that knows how to run a city not a bunch of nature loving idiots with some kind of PARK FETISH.
All I can say is WOW. This blog was about signage for the library. Signage that has been in place for years. I too have a rather low opinion of the city council that appears to be a tool of city staff rather than the leader they should be. I do like your idea about making them spend the whole day at each of the parks so they can see what the citizens aren’t getting, they can also hang with the homeless maybe even bathe with them. As to RSO being rental cops and doing nothing more than taking a report I have a problem with not knowing what is happening around town unless somebody I know is directly affected, RSO does a poor job of supporting “Neighborhood Watch”. San Diego Sheriff has a much better crime mapping system which is update daily with every call rather than a couple weeks down the road with only some of the calls. Fortunately Wildomar is still rural enough to have a fairly low crime rate for the time being.