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November 12, 2019

11/8/2019 3:21:00 PM
City of Dodgeville discusses going to referendum for library
For the past few months, the City of Dodgeville has been in heavy discussion about a new public library and if the community will support it.
Mayor Todd Novak stated that two decisions needed to be made at Tuesday night's council meeting. One decision was whether or not to go to referendum and whether to go either in April or February.
After speaking with city attorney Eileen Brownlee, he told council that this would be an advisory referendum.
Dodgeville Library Director Vickie Stangel spoke in front of Dodgeville City Council Tuesday night to discuss why a new location would be necessary.
"The reason why we need this is we're critically overcrowded," Stangel said. She pointed limited public seating, collection shelving taking up more space, and also has very small programming space. Ironically, the amount of library programming is increasing, thus bringing more people in to use the library.
Because the amount of people coming to the library is increasing, it has been harder for story time programs as the average amount of people coming is between 40-80; much higher than what space allows.
"We've also lost some of our groups that have been meeting here for years, because they've outgrown the space" Stangel said. "So now they're meeting at the Health and Human Services building and restaurants. Some of the other programming that we're turning down is tutoring."
"I'd hate to see us programming around lack of space," Stangel added. "Especially if we have the staff who can do it and we have the need. At this point we really need space."
The library has looked at multiple sites, and has found a site that potentially meets most of its needs. The site being looked at is at the Piggly Wiggly area, due to a much safer parking and driving situation.
The library is asking for a $7 million referendum. This will be supplemented by money from The Library Foundation as well as Friends of The Library who will be doing fundraisers for specific items needed in the library.
Alderperson Dan Meuer spoke in favor of having it go to referendum in April, as it typically has a higher voter turnout.
"People take off work to come and vote," Meuer said. "By voting in April you may have a bigger draw of people coming in."
Alderperson Mike Borne agreed with Meuer. Mayor Novak added that he saw both sides to going to April.
"There are positives to going to referendum in April as it gives more time to talk with people," Novak said. "But it's also going to be huge, due to the presidential election."
After much discussion, the council approved to go to February referendum, with Borne and Meuer opposing, and a referendum amount up to $7 million. Official referendum language is expected to be presented at the next council meeting.
Dodgeville Law Enforcement and Dodgeville Emergency services are looking to purchase an Aeroclave Decontamination Device. This device uses an aerosolized hospital grade solution that eliminates infectious agents that can lead to Ebola, Norovirus, Listeria and other diseases. EMS Chief Brian Cushman and Chief of Police Dave Bauer presented this information to council to purchase to ensure reliable decontamination protocol, and to protect staff while on call and after transport. Council members approved purchasing the device.
In other council business:
-Council members approved a new 1 Year Operator License for Tianna J Robinson (Ends June 30, 2020).
-Council members approved a new 2 Year Operator License for Jaymi Ellery (Ends June 30, 2021).
-Council members approved a new 2 Year Operator License for Misty Marshall (Ends June 30, 2021).
-Council members approved a 2020 Fireworks Contract with Chrome Fireworks and Displays, LLC.
-Council members granted permission to fill a Sewer Department Foreman Position and a Sewer Department Assistant Foreman Position in two separate motions.
-Council members approved committee reassignments.
-Council members approved an adjustment for prior years unused levy carry forward allowable increase.
-Council members approved a 2020 wage ordinance.
-Council members have approved the preliminary budget and have set the public budget hearing for Tuesday November 26 at 5:30 p.m.
-Council members are changing location of posting agendas at a third. They used to be posted at Corner Drug Store and are now looking for options on a location replacement.
-Council members approved a liability study proposal agreement that is required by the city.
Next regularly scheduled council meeting is on the calendar for November 19 at 5:30 p.m.

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