New Glarus Village Board Commits to Construction Timeline for New Library
2018 will be an important year for the efforts to build a new library in New Glarus.
In a resolution passed by the New Glarus Village Board on December 5, 2017, the long-delayed issue of construction a new library facility was affirmatively addressed.
The Village Board gave the Library Board two performance goals in order for work on a new library to continue:
1. The first and most important goal is to raise $1 million, with $950,000 being cash-in-hand by the end of 2018.
2. If that goal is met, then by June 2019, construction plans, including cost estimates and bids, must be completed for the construction of the new library to proceed.
One million of the construction cost is a promised contribution from the village. To date, a committed capital campaign group has secured donated funds totaling over $760,000 cash-in-hand. The group is enthusiastic and confident that now, with this renewed commitment from the village and a timeline, they can raise the necessary funds to build a new library that will serve all citizens well.
For operating costs, an separate and ongoing fund-raising effort will be undertaken to supplement the amount provided by the village.
New Glarus Library patrons have long remarked on both the excellent service and yet woefully inadequate facilities of the current library, currently housed in the New Glarus Village Hall. A new facility has been the dream, hope, and desire of many in the library service area for many years.
New Library Building Project Fundraising Kick-Off on Wednesday, January 31st
A kick-off event will be held Wednesday, January 31st at 7 PM, at the Swiss Center of North America. The event will be hosted by the Capital Campaign Committee Chairs: Mary Funseth, Mark Janowiak, Howard Cosgrove, and Mark Renner. All are invited to attend if you are interested in learning more about the new library building project. Refreshments will be served.
On March 7, 2017, there was a motion made to designate Veteran's Park as the site for a new WIAA-compliant softball field, and also ask Park Director Chris Rear and Administrator Bryan Gadow to work on finalizing a plan and a budget to present for discussion. Given this decision, the library board, co-chairs, and building committee feel that this is a go-ahead to move forward with the library building project. The Capital Campaign co-chairs are preparing to enter into the final phase of fundraising.
Previously, on May 5, 2015, the New Glarus Village Board unanimously passed a resolution that reflects the results of the 2014 referendum on the library building project. Specifically, the New Glarus Village Board has endorsed Glarner Park as the new downtown home of the library, and has agreed to reserve $1,000,000 in borrowing capacity for the library project.
Concept plans that have been endorsed by the library board can be found below.
What will the new library look like?
The following design concepts were presented to the Village Board at the January 5th meeting. For full details, please visit the Concept and Budget Report Link (in the sidebar to the right).