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El Dorado Hills Library receives high praise

By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
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The El Dorado Hills Library earned high marks from the recent grand jury review. Members of the El Dorado County Grand Jury made “an announced visit on Jan. 6, 2009” and toured the library. The report claims the library facility “is exemplary in both style and function” and praises the staff as “efficient and pleasant.” The few negative comments regarding the library included the county’s ordinance code that requires businesses doing work in the unincorporated area of the county, such as El Dorado Hills, to have a county business license. “Routine maintenance of the equipment used at the library has posed ... challenges. ... The machinery used for the automated book sort process requires maintenance of a specialized nature,” the report states.” If the same piece of equipment was located at a county facility in South Lake Tahoe or Placerville, no such business license would be required, according to the report. The grand jury recommended the Board of Supervisors “consider amendments to the existing ordinance to mitigate this type of unintended consequence.” The board disagreed and the library claims the vendor has since “acquired a business license ... and is now maintaining the air compressor associated with the book return.” A lawsuit has also been brought against the county for withholding approximately $306,900 to the contractor responsible for the library’s construction due to a dispute over the quality of work on the carpeting. The grand jury cites “carpeting seams in the main room are separating, creating a potential safety issue.” The building contractor and the carpet installer, according to the report, blame each other for the carpeting problem and “has resulted in the problem not being corrected.”