Monticello library board to proceed on new building
MONTICELLO — The board has decided to stay the course and build a new library on 10 acres of land it purchased in December.
A group making an effort to keep the library in the downtown Community Building gave a final plea last week at the library board session, but board members cited too many potential difficulties should they decide to stay put.
The main problem is that Monticello Township actually owns the 1897 building, and a township spokesman told Library Director Lisa Winters the building is not for sale.
"I think we really have done our due diligence," said library board President Sue Gortner of the three-year process that resulted in the purchase of west-side property at 4000 Green Apple Lane for $250,000.
"Ideally staying in this building would be wonderful, and we started thinking we would stay here. But as we progressed step by step over four years, we figured out it really wasn't going to work," she added.
Gortner said a structural engineer and a library consultant both advised against renovating the current structure.