At the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce’s Town Hall Meeting with local governmental officials, Library Board President Terri Reece said that the Library is acquiring property north of the current building was being pursed.
She added that a referendum to finance the building of a new library might be held in November of next year.
Because that’s when the President is elected, more people will vote then than at any other of the five elections held every two years.
The amount to be requested was not revealed.
In 2012, however, a figure of over $20 million was mentioned.
Residences north of the current Library are being eyed by the Board.
Librarian Kathryn Martens explained that the need for more space was brought to her in 1990, the year she was hired.
She outlined the history of the building at the corner of Paddock Street and McHenry Avenue.
In 1952, a library was built there.
In 1965, it was re-built, as I understood her explanation.
Additions were constructed in 1984 and 1995.
Besides the structure’s not being “designed to be a 21st Century building,” there is a basic problem to the site, Martens said.
“The oldest [part] is sitting on an ash pit.”
The less than sold soil beneath results in an inability to house stacks of books there.
In 2012, the City Council, which appoints the Library Board and levies its taxes, asked the Board to look at other sites, citing the number of vacant buildings in town.
Twenty-three different locations with thirty-nine options were examined.
The Board concluded that the “best option was to stay” where the Library now is located.
The site comparison study can be found here.
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Articles about the Thursday morning Town Hall Meeting with local governmental officials: