For the second straight meeting in a row, the subject of a proposed new building to house the Brookfield Public Library was pulled from the Brookfield Village Board’s meeting agenda due to concerns from the library’s board of trustees.
On Dec. 14, village trustees had planned on examining two different ordinances approving the library’s plan. One of the ordinances would have included construction conditions imposed by the Brookfield Planning and Zoning Commission, while the other would have included modified conditions, based on suggestions by library officials.
The village board was not scheduled to vote on either ordinance on Dec. 14. Rather, the discussion would have hammered out exactly what the conditions for construction were. The board could have accepted the commission’s recommendations, the library’s amendments, or modified the conditions further.
However, after receiving copies of both proposed ordinances last week, library officials asked the village board to postpone the discussion until January.
“We didn’t know how to interpret the ordinances,” said library board President Jennifer Perry. “We wanted to spend more time on the language, so we decided to pull it and wait until Jan. 11.”
Perry said that while the matter has taken some time to resolve, there’s no hurry at this point. What the library wants to ensure is that the language in the ordinance that’s finally approved includes a provision giving the board five years after the passage of the ordinance to obtain building permits.
“It’s more important to get the five-year time frame built in,” Perry said. “We need that to make sure we have that breathing space.”
The library board is tentatively targeting November 2016 for a bond referendum question that voters will either approve or deny. If it’s unsuccessful, the five-year grace period would allow library officials time to try to convince voters again.
“This whole process has been long and arduous,” Perry said. “This is just another bump in the road.”