Magazine article American Libraries

Despite Detractors, Plan for Grosse Pointe PL Clears Council

Magazine article American Libraries

Despite Detractors, Plan for Grosse Pointe PL Clears Council

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Despite detractors, plan for Grosse Pointe PL clears council

Not even being dubbed a "public nuisance" by Mayor Joseph Fromm last spring has kept Grosse Pointe (Mich.) Public Library from finally winning approval to bring a $7.6 million bond issue to voters next Feb. 4.

If the bond issue passes, the community will gain a new 43,000-square-foot facility, earmarked for a 15-acre play field owned by the public school system. That new building would constitute the three-site system's first capital improvement since 1953.

The narrow 3-2 victory occurred at an open hearing Aug. 13, during the absence of two town council members who had helped defeat a similar plan by 5-2 in April.

Reaching the bond issue stage has taken library director Charles D. Hanson almost four years, during which he and other library boosters took more than their share of flak from town leaders and angry community members. While discounting threats of court action made at the August meeting, Hanson told AL he recently saw bumper stickers demanding the recall of council members who voted for the new site plan.

Hanson explained that opposition came from an anti-expansion group the local press has dubbed Nimbys (Not In My Backyard). …

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