Second District Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce said Monday that she would wait until July 9 to ask the City Council to consider a name for the new Main Library.

Pearce launched a naming process early this month and said at the time she would bring the issue to the July 2 City Council meeting. But there was no library item on that meeting's agenda when it was released Monday.

Pearce said by email late Monday that she had to send the item to the Financial Management Department to review for fiscal impact. It should be on the following week's agenda, she added.

Pearce had asked the public to send name suggestions to her office by Friday, June 21. No update on that process was available.

One name, the Beverly O'Neill Main Library, received public support last week from City Auditor Laura Doud and Third District Councilwoman Suzie Price. Letters to the editor in the Grunion have argued for no individual name or for longtime librarian Blanche Collins.

The council already has named the meeting chambers being shared by the Harbor Commission and the City Council the Bob Foster Civic Chambers. It will open on July 29, along with the new City Hall and port headquarters buildings.

The new Main Library will open on Sept. 21, while Lincoln Park will be rebuilt after demolition of the old library and old City Hall. Books and other material is being moved from one library to the other now.

—Harry Saltzgaver

Harry has been executive editor of Gazette Newspapers for more than 26 years. He has been in the newspaper business for more than 35 years, with experience on both weekly and metropolitan daily papers in Colorado and California.

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