Posted by Magda
Councillors last week amended a recommendation to lease space for the library in a future complex on Baker Street. They decided it should be left open-ended, so the city could either decide to lease the space or to own it.
That surprised me. Norm McLeod, the chief librarian, told me last week that Guelph had set up its four branches for the cost it's taken other libraries to set up a single branch, largely because our branches are in leased space.
There's no doubt a bunch of confounding issues here -- the difficulty of finding a developer to build what the city envisions, for one. But if leasing really is so much cheaper, the city would be well-served by strongly weighing that option.