Woodstock Library Trustees plan to vote at their next meeting, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, on a $584,000 contract with Dobbs Ferry architect Stephen Tilly for designs on a new 12,000-square-foot library building amid lingering concerns by some that the board hasn’t been transparent enough and hasn’t given enough consideration to a renovation.
Woodstock Library Trustees opted for an October election and budget vote in an effort to increase turnout, dropping plans to change what now takes place in early September to the general election November date due to legal fees.
As Woodstock Library trustees begin preliminary talks with design contest winner Stephen Tilly for what would be a newly constructed library, they have sought advice from those with successful projects in other communities.
After nearly three months of public input and the defeat of a referendum that would have dissolved the district, Woodstock Library trustees declared Architect Stephen Tilly’s proposal the winner of the design competition for a new building.
Woodstock Library Trustees have entered a period of listening and reconciliation following the 2-1 defeat of a referendum that, if passed, would have dissolved and terminated the form of governance that has operated the Woodstock Public Library since 1989.
A proposal to dissolve and terminate the Woodstock Public Library District went down in resounding defeat Tuesday, giving trustees and staff a feeling as if a big weight had been lifted from their shoulders.
The Nov. 6 ballot in Woodstock will include a referendum to dissolve the library district. Here, proponents for and against make their case in their own words.
Regardless of which side wins, it’s not likely anything will get done soon to improve the physical working conditions of the building. And that’s a damned shame.
Why is there a referendum on the ballot to dissolve the Woodstock Library District? What would happen if it passed? A summary of the issue.
Woodstock Library Trustees indefinitely delayed choosing an architect to complete the design for a new building and re-submitted a measure calling for a referendum to the board of elections on dissolving the library district amid confusion about whose responsibility it was to handle.