Resident suggests city buy old library
By Kitty Conley email@example.com August 20, 2013 12:40PM
Updated: August 20, 2013 12:40PM
CROWN POINT — At the end of the Board of Public Works and Safety meeting Aug. 14, City Councilman Bob Clemons, R-2nd, asked to make a presentation.
The councilman introduced Bernard “Jim” Dillon, a 55-year resident of Crown Point.
Dillon said, “I encourage the city to purchase the old library for city use. It is important to be used.”
He explained that with a list price of $850,000 he was sure the city could get it for less. The city was helpful to the library when it was searching for a place to build. The new library sits on land that had originally been intended for a new city hall. The city had purchased the houses that had been there and then paid to have them torn down and the ground leveled.
“If you move the (parks and engineering) city offices back into town it would save money,” explained Dillon.
Right now, according to Dillon, the city is paying $88,000 this year and then $92,000 next year for the office space being used at On Broadway to house the engineering and parks department. There are also other offices there.
“If the city would borrow $1.5 million through their bonding ability it could purchase and remodel the old library,” he said.
He suggested that the clerk-treasurer could also move into that center.
Dillon asked the Board of Works to do a feasibility study. “I think it would be worthwhile to spend $10- to $15,000 to commission a study,” stated Dillon.
Mayor Dave Uran said that the board has already authorized a study be done on the use of the city’s current space.
“The challenge we have over there is parking,” Uran said.