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Belleville Village Board Discusses New Library and Police Station


June 21, 2018

Marian Viney

Close to 40 people attended the Belleville Village Board meeting on June 18, 2018.

With a vote of 4 to 3, Belleville village board members decided to proceed with the design work on the new police department facility and, with the same vote cast, decided to table the recommendation from the Library Board to approve the Belleville Public Library schematic design and move forward with the design development phase of the project to the July 16th village board meeting.

Almost 40 individuals attended, and many commented in support of the library during the Special Meeting of the Belleville Village Board on June 18th at the Village Hall on Main Street.

To start the discussion, former village president Terry Kringle read a statement:  "The Village Board should not be in a hurry to make a decision about the proposed plan for either the police station or library even if it requires additional meetings. You have before you two proposals for the largest expenditure of capital funds that I can ever remember. Your discussion should include alternative plans. Please take the time to thoroughly discuss both plans, along with all financing for other future projects before voting on either project. I fully support a better facility for both the police department and the library, but not at the presently proposed expenditures because of the tax liability placed on our village taxpayers."

A thorough description of the proposed Public Library was presented and Library Director Bronna Lehmann answered additional questions.

Village Administrator/ Clerk/Treasurer Brian Wilson provided a detailed report on financials for both projects. 

Board members seemed set to table the decision regarding the new police department facility, but then a call to vote was requested.

The Village has pledged $2 million with the challenge to the community to raise at least $1 million toward the new library and community facility. Lehmann reported that they are within $50,000 of that goal.

A donor has come forward to challenge the community to come together to build the new library and new donations and multi-year pledges will be matched on a 1-to-1 basis up to a total of $150,000.


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