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City of Sierra Madre
VOLUME 11 NO. 31 
VOLUME 11 NO. 31 
$100,000 FRIENDS 

Friends of the Sierra Madre Library Fund Feasibility Costs 


City of Sierra MadreSaturday, August 5, 2017

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Sponsored jointly by theSanitation Districts and 
the Department of PublicWorks. The Household 
Hazardous Waste (HHW)
Collection Program givesLos Angeles County 
residents a legal and 
cost free way to disposeof unwanted household 
chemicals that cannot be 
disposed of in the regulartrash. 

Motor oil, antifreeze, paint, paint thinnerTurpentine, cleaners with acids or lyePesticides and herbicides 
Household and car batteries 
Old computers and television setsSharps or used needlesExpired pharmaceuticals and mercury thermometersTHINGS WE DON’T WANT YOU TO BRING... 
Explosives, ammunition or radioactive materialsWaste from businesses will NOT be acceptedTrash or old tires 
White goods such as washers, stoves, refrigerators or airconditioners 
In general, there is a limit of 15 gallons or 125 lbs. per vehicle.
Bring items in a sturdy box, preferably in their original labeledcontainers. 
Be prepared to leave your containers.
Do not mix products together.


This year, the Sierra Madre Police Department opted to spreadthe joy on the nation’s annual National Night Out. On August 1st,
block parties were held all over town, sponsored by the variousNeighborhood Watch programs and participants. SMPD made 
the rounds visiting all the sites with Officers, Cadets, CSO’s andVolunteers, This gave the residents and PD the opportunity to‘share great food, visit with longtime friends and meet new ones’. 
Congratulations and Thanks to all who participated! 


A very Special Thank you 
to Angeles National Forest 
Service, Los Angeles County, 
Arcadia, and Pasadena Fire 
Departments for lending a hand 
on July 25th during a brush fire 
which threatened homes near 
the Mt. Wilson Trail, triggering 
voluntary evacuations. The fire 
broke out around 3:10 pm and 
burned 3 acres before the spread was haulted. No injuries or 

buildings were lost due to the fire. 

Sierra Madre is a town with lots of friends and supporters,
especially the Sierra Madre Library. As reported last month (http://, the city’s historic 
Library is in desperate need of an upgrade. Rather than attempt 
what has been determined to be a very costly renovation of theexisting building, a proposal has been put forth to develop a newcivic complex. The proposed “Sierra Madre Library and Cultural 
Center”, is being considered at the site of the existing RecreationCenter on E. Sierra Madre Blvd. It has also been proposed that theproject should be primarily financed by selling the existing Libraryand adjacent property. 

This idea has sparked a great deal of controversy from those whoeither don’t want the Library to abandon its existing site, don’t wantthe Library to move to the other side of town or don’t want theproperty to be sold for fear of what might be developed on it. 

The plan does have the unanimous support of the Library Board ofTrustees as well as by the Friends of the Library, however. The ‘Friends’ 
are a group of volunteers that contribute volunteer hours, materials, 


Former SMVFD member Gordon Caldwell, 93, leaves the Congregational Church for the last time headed toward Sierra Madre’s PioneerCemetary. His body was transported on a vintage fire truck similar to ‘Snorty’ an old fire engine that was used by the Fire Department duringCaldwell’s tenure. He was bid farewell to an overflow crowd at the church. The Eulogy was performed by his former Pastor and dear friend Rev. 
Dick Anderson. Photo by Ellen Burry 


City to hold public update on the State of 
Water in Sierra Madre 

On Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 6:00 pm, the Cityof Sierra Madre, along with the Mountain ViewsNews will hold a public Town Hall meeting to discussthe state of the city’s water quality, conservationefforts, water rates and all things related. This forum 
will be held at the Hart Park House in Memorial 

For years, residents of Sierra Madre enjoyedmanagement of their own Water Company whichprovided a plentiful and pristine water supply toresidents. However, for the last 
five years or so, challenges with 
aging infrastructure, water quality,
water conservation, the buildingmoratorium as it relates to water, 
and water rates, not to mention the 
California Drought, have been frontand center. 

The city has taken many proactiveand sometimes reactive steps toaddress these issues, however, CityManager Gabe Engeland realizesthat a great many questions onexactly what the status of the city’swater issues remain on resident’s 
mind. This forum will hopefully 
answer those questions. (Please 
note: If attendance exceeds the 
capacity of the Hart Park House, themeeting will be moved to the CityCouncil Chambers at City Hall.) 

For additional information, call 

and money to strengthen Sierra Madre Library programs and services.
Each year the Friends sponsor a gala wine tasting, noteworthy booksales, and a prestigious art fair. It is from those funds that a donation 
of $100,000 was given to the city.
The purpose of this donation is to obtain preliminary architecturaldrawings as well as official appraisals of the value of the current libraryproperty and the adjacent city-owned lot. Preliminary architecturaldesigns will also be used in the process of producing any necessaryCEQA or related reports. 

The Friends of the Library Board actually had already approved$100,000 to be used for professional architectural, engineering, and/
or related service for the renovation of the existing Library building.
They have since clarified that these same funds should be used instead 
to support the proposed new facility as an alternative. Procurement 
of architectural and appraisal services will be advertised through theCity’s regular public bid process. 

S. Henderson/MVNews 
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