Monticello council urged to work on keeping library downtown

Monticello council urged to work on keeping library downtown

MONTICELLO — Resident Rex Kallembach "commended" the city council Monday for its efforts to keep the Allerton Public Library downtown, but added "I'd like to ask for more," urging council members to reinvigorate efforts to keep the facility close to the main business district.

"I think as elected officials, you're in a unique position to communicate with other elected officials, particularly the elected officials of the library board," Kallembach said.

The library board last December purchased land for $250,000 with plans on building a new facility. The library currently resides in the 1897 Community Building.

Mayor Chris Corrie said the city is "definitely open" to the possibility of working with the library board, but added the "initiative would have to come from them (library board)."

The library board has said in recent months that staying in the current structure would increase staff costs if the facility expands to the second floor. Other objections to staying have included issues of handicapped accessibility and parking as well as needing to close during renovations.

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