Village storage issue arises with new Sidney library

Village storage issue arises with new Sidney library

SIDNEY — The village is considering storage solutions to make access to a new library building easier.

The Sidney Community Library is in the process of renovating a former grocery store at 217 S. David St. to replace its current home at 221 S. David St.

Library board member Walter Hoffman reported that the new library building is expected to be completed by September or October.

One issue left to finish is the rear entrance/exit at the building's northwest corner, Hoffman said.

The entrance is currently into a tin lean-to. Hoffman asked for permission to remove the lean-to.

Hoffman said the only alternative would be to tear off the north third of the lean-to and put a wall up on the inside. Patrons would then have to park on gravel, and it would be more difficult for the handicapped and elderly to access, he said.

"It is not a really desirable way to do it," he said.

The village uses the lean-to to store items like water equipment and barricades. The village board discussed the idea of building a structure to replace the lean-to.

The rear entrance will be a fire exit and a handicap entrance/exit. It will lead into a conference room and bathroom that can be locked off separately from the library for public use, Hoffman explained.

The storage building's size and placement will be discussed at the village board's next meeting, which is scheduled for July 1.

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