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INFORMATION ALERT – Library Budget & Roof Replacement – Update as of 3/8

Update as of 3/8:

At the 3/8 Budget Hearing, there still seems to be a bit of uncertainty to the exact amount of the allocated funds for the library. The council spoke of $725,000 when $745,000 was submitted. They then indicated, that they were uncertain if the roof monies were coming from a grant or were actually a loan that would need to be paid back. The roof issue still has to be clarified.

On 3/1, Mayor Ellis attended the library board meeting and cleared up the misunderstandings. The roof will be replaced. The monies are coming from a grant. The grant does not allow upgrades so the replacement will be a flat roof in lieu of slanted. This is good news as the budget will not be reduced by the cost of the roof.

On 2/27, all of the council persons visited the library for a tour conducted by the Library Director, Deb Messling. During this tour they indicated that they did not intend to cut the library budget but to honor the submitted request. They reiterated this again at the actual budget hearing. During that meeting there appeared to be some confusion regarding the replacement of the library roof. That the roof was to be patched instead of fully replaced. The roof replacement has been estimated at$400,000 and a patch at $150.000. Patches have been made over and over through the years and they no longer work. The only thing that will, is a new roof. It was also thought that the replacement money would have to come out of the budget, further reducing it.

Hearings are scheduled to continue on 3/8.

 

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