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.
A public input forum on the Woodstock Library’s building options drew many familiar faces on both sides of the issue, with opponents of the Library’s plan to construct a new building apparently seeking to dominate the discussion.
The Woodstock Library budget passed overwhelmingly in September 6 balloting, by a margin of 511-166.
The three architects chosen as finalists presented to library trustees and the public their proposals for a new Woodstock Library facility with cost projections ranging from about $4.9 million to $7.2 million.
Library trustees and the public will get their first look at proposals and models for a new library building at presentations August 25 at the Mescal Hornbeck Community Center.
Woodstock Library trustees unanimously voted to hold a referendum for dissolution of the district during the November 6 election, but not without some statements in defense of keeping the current form of governance intact.
The referendum was devised as a remedy to what opponents see as the trustees’ failure to carry out the wishes of those who participated in a recent survey showing 29 percent are in favor of new construction. (The library board is pressing ahead with plans for a new building.) The pro-referendum group also claims decades of missteps and neglecting routine maintenance on the current building.
Woodstock Library trustees unanimously approved a budget July 19 for September voter consideration that includes funding for Monday hours and a 2 percent raise for salaried staff, while keeping the tax levy increase at 1.5 percent.
It all kicks off Saturday, July 28, with a children’s parade at 9:45 a.m. from Comeau Drive led by singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer, who is also one of the honorees. The Library Fair runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
An argument in favor of retaining the Woodstock Library District from Caroline Jerome, library trustee.