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February 24, 2020

1/27/2020 10:43:00 AM
New Dodgeville Public Library website presented to council members
There has been much discussion regarding the Dodgeville Public Library Building Project. It has been reported that the building project is necessary due to inadequate space for its main functions.
The Dodgeville Public Library has created a new website, in which Dodgeville city council members were presented with at Tuesday nights meeting.
A handout, provided by Dodgeville Public Library Director Vickie Stangel, was also presented to council members at Tuesday's Dodgeville City Council meeting.
The handout provides the following statistics:
-In 2018, 58,304 items were checked out from the Dodgeville Library.
-An independent needs assessment study shows that a library of 21,500 square feet is required for the Dodgeville Public Library's current service population of 12,264.
-Dodgeville's Public Library is critically overcrowded.
-Public seating is limited and crowded into spaces too small for its purpose.
-Collection shelving is at (or near) capacity throughout the building.
-Program space is at a premium and many programs are held outside of normal library hours or offsite.
The handout also provides the referendum question, asking voters to allow the City of Dodgeville, "to borrow an amount not to exceed $7,000,000 ro construct a new public library in the city of Dodgeville, Iowa County, Wisconsin." The referendum takes place on February 18. The total project cost is $7,800,000 to construct, furnish and equip the library. Should the referendum pass on February 18, the Library's Foundation Board will contribute $1,000,000 to the project.
The handout also provides the tax impacts:
-For a house valued at $100,000, there is a projected $134 annual tax increase, with a $11.17 monthly increase, and a daily cost increase of $0.37.
-For a house valued at $150,000, there is a projected annual tax increase of $201, with a $16.75 monthly tax increase, and a $0.55 daily cost increase.
-For a house valued at $200,000, there is a projected annual tax increase of $268.01, a monthly tax increase of $22.33 and a daily tax increase of $0.73.
The first of four Dodgeville Library Q&A sessions about the new library at Dodgeville City Hall took place Tuesday from 11:30-1. Stangel announced there are also opportunities to come again on January 28, February 4 and February, all from 11:30-1.
"The main question that we've been receiving is how it will affect parking," Stangel said. "People are just having a hard time visualizing it."
Architectural drawings are on display at the library. The community is invited for an open house at the Dodgeville Public Library on February 4th 4-8 p.m., with an informational session with the architects at 6:30 p.m.
In other council business:
-Council members approved a resolution for the appointment of election officers.
-Council members tabled a proposal for codification services until the February 4 council meeting.
-Council members approved two Asbestos Removal Bids for 309 North Main Street
and for 211-213 North Union Street.
-Council members also approved paying monthly bills
The next regularly scheduled council meeting is on the calendar for February 4 at 5:30 p.m.

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