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October 20, 2018

9/24/2018 8:16:00 AM
Library Foundation gives building presentation
At Tuesday's Dodgeville City Council meeting, Jesse Decker of the Library Foundation presented information regarding potential building expansions. The Dodgeville Public Library has been at its current location, sharing with Dodgeville City Hall, since 1988. In 2003, library material collections were doubled from original building occupation.
A comprehensive plan was made to discuss ideas on the building's future, however there was a lengthy pause due to board reorganization, and limited funds at that time.
In 2014, the library requested working with Mayor Todd Novak to help review options. The Ad hoc committee had met multiple times to look at new building options, and possible reuse of vacant city buildings. The committee ultimately recommended a 21,000 square foot expansion of the current site.
In 2018, there have been large increases in registered users, along with programs and library collections. Every year the library sees over 61,000 visitors. The library is serving many needs that cities often have resources for.
"We are the after school center for kids that are not in sports," Decker said. "In some cases we are the after school center for kids who are in sports that don't go to practice until later."
Overcrowding has been a major problem for the public library, and the building lacks space for many of its primary functions. Because of this, projects cannot be moved quickly due to space.
There is an approximate $6 million price tag on the building's expansion, and the library foundation has $1 million towards the project. The library has asked the City for $4 million towards the project, or that the City gives a clear direction as to what needs to be done hopefully by the end of November.
Novak stated that City Hall is also losing space, and they have been also exploring options in terms of different locations. He agreed that a plan needs to be determined for both entities. Novak asked if the foundation would be interested in the entire building if City Hall moves. Decker said that the library would potentially take the building if City Hall were to leave. Novak stated that it hits a referendum area, and he added that he wouldn't feel comfortable with that route without public input.
Novak suggested moving the library question onto next agenda for further discussion on property.
Another presentation was given by Dodgeville District Administrator Jeff Jacobson regarding the upcoming November referendum. The referendum asks voters to allow Dodgeville School District to borrow an amount to not exceed $10 million to build an auditorium, and gymnasium at the Dodgeville High School. The project overall is approximately $12 million, with $1.5 million, a majority of which coming from a residual from a TIF closure, and also $500,000 coming from private donations.
The auditorium has a 500 seat capacity, along with dressing and green rooms. The gymnasium has a seating capacity for 1,200 people, a multipurpose room for activities such as gymnastics, dance and other indoor activities. Jacobson stated that timing has been a big factor in this consideration.
Alderperson Jerry Johnson asked if the auditorium would be just for school events, or if this would include community events. Jacobson confirmed that the auditorium has to be community space, as there have already been requests to reserve it.
Johnson stated that his children are involved with music and theatre and added that the project would be a great way for kids to get involved who are not in sports.
"I think it's a great idea, and I thank you for all time you spent towards this," Johnson said.
Brian Cushman of Dodgeville EMS gave numbers regarding ambulance activity. In 2017 there were 628 runs, and 616 runs as of the end of this August. It was said that Wednesdays and Thursdays are often the busiest days, and average on scene time has been 21 minutes. Prices were given on the Stryker ProXT Cot Demo, as well as an ambulance truck. Council members approved the purchase of two cots valuing at $33,000 per cot, and the purchase of a Promasl Rig Ambulance truck valuing $248, 037.
Council members also discussed the Centennial park scoreboard sponsorship. The scoreboard has been purchased and is expected to arrive in six or eight weeks. Price needed to be determined for scoreboard sponsorship. Panels are approximately $1,000 a panel. Council members approved sponsorship valuing at $500 for a sponsorship on a five year-commitment.
Bug Tussel Wireless gave an update regarding the cell tower that is set to go in the property near Walnut Hollow. Greg Lee met with engineers on the project recently and there have been talks to build a 195 foot cell tower in that space. A lease will be presented at a future meeting with Bug Tussel, as well as a design layout of the tower itself.
In other business:
-Council members approved a Temporary "Class B"/Class "B" License-Dodgeville Area Chamber of Commerce Off the Vine Wine Walk for September 27, 2018.
-Council members approved Street Use Permit - Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of WI taking place September 22, 2018.
-Council members approved Resolution 980 to appoint additional election workers.
-Council members approved a New 2 year Operator License for Kasandra Greenwood (Ends June 30, 2020).
Council members convened into closed session and next common council meeting is scheduled for October 2 at 5:30 p.m.

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