Crown Point officials want library to stay downtown

Agreement signed Monday by City Council
2010-05-04T00:05:00Z Crown Point officials want library to stay downtownBy Kathleen Quilligan -, (219) 662-5331

CROWN POINT | An agreement signed Monday by the Crown Point City Council commits the city to working with the Crown Point Community Library to keep the library downtown.

Pat Schuster, an attorney and member of the library board, told the council the agreement is the "very preliminary stages" of a downtown library and serves to identify the necessary real estate.

"There's a lot more to be done," Schuster said.

Schuster said the library would talk with all of the communities involved in the district to discuss the project's potential impact at a meeting in the near future.

Mayor David Uran said there would be public forums for discussion about the downtown library, and funding for the project would be developed as the project evolves.

The agreement is scheduled to be discussed at a meeting of the Redevelopment Commission at 5:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

According to the proposed agreement, the city and the library are looking at property at the "intersections and vicinity of Main Street, Robinson Street and North East Street."

The agreement draft, released by the city Wednesday, further breaks down property ownership, stating the library will purchase 124 N. Main St., and the city will contribute land at the southwest corner of East Street and Robinson Street. The city will transfer its property to the library for a new building once the library has purchased 124 N. Main St., according to the proposal.

Also, the draft states the city will acquire 120 N. Main St. to be used as "community space." Portions of the city-owned North East Street block will be used for a parking lot, with construction occurring no later than October 2012, the draft proposal states.

In other business, the City Council approved an ordinance, 6-1, that would merge the nonreverting employee health insurance fund and the retiree's nonreverting insurance fund. City Attorney David Nicholls said the State Board of Accounts recommended the merger for the city to continue to explore a retiree insurance program.

City Councilman Bill Feder voted against the ordinance, not because he is against funding insurance for retirees, but because he didn't like the idea of merging the funds, he said.

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