Tuesday, September 1, 2009

New Madison Central Library: Let the Positioning Begin

Link to August 31 Wisconsin State Journal article, "Mayor needs to sell $37 million library to public, council, some say".

On this side we have north-side Alder Michael Schumacher. "At this point I am not yet ready to support it." He wants to hear first from area residents. (Not just his constituents?)

And over here we have Mayor Dave. "In building this new library, we’ll be able to take advantage of some of the lowest construction prices in decades, create hundreds of jobs and grow our tax base by opening up the block for development."

And somewhere in between is Lauren Cnare, Far East Side alder. "Personally, I like it. It’s important that we, as a community, have these civic landmarks." But she wants to hear from her constituents before making a final decision.

Council President Tim Bruer thinks a case case be made for a new (and "long overdue") central library, even when facing one of the tightest city budgets he can recall.

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