Library Hinges on Council Races Expansion Could Happen with Right Mix in Election Results

By Griffin, Jake | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), January 28, 2007 | Go to article overview

Library Hinges on Council Races Expansion Could Happen with Right Mix in Election Results


Griffin, Jake, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Jake Griffin Daily Herald Staff Writer

Naperville voters ultimately may have the final say about whether Nichols Library will be expanded.

A slim majority of the current city council supports removing the downtown library's expansion plans from the city budget, but the results of the April 17 election could change that.

Getting a pro-expansion majority on the council, however, is akin to the NFL Wild Card playoff picture at about week 15 - it's a tad complicated.

All the chips would have to fall in favor of expansion supporters, and that's not something library officials are willing to bank on.

"We haven't sat down and talked through the what-ifs," library board President Bill Mitchell said. "I don't see us looking into who's on the ballot and who's favorable to our position or not."

Where it's at

The city council informally voted 5-4 last week to scrap the library's expansion plans. Three of the five opponents - Richard Furstenau, Darlene Senger and Grant Wehrli - are up for election this year.

Two of the three challengers - Robert Fieseler and Patricia Meyer - have indicated they support keeping expansion on the table.

There are four council seats up for grabs.

Adding to the intrigue is the mayoral race between incumbent George Pradel and councilmen Mary Ellingson and Doug Krause. Ellingson and Pradel support expansion, Krause doesn't. Ellingson is giving up her council seat to run for mayor; Krause keeps his if he loses.

Here's what that means: If the expansion plans are to be revisited, Fieseler and Meyer would have to be elected to the council and either Pradel or Ellingson would have to be elected mayor.

If Krause wins, that opens a whole different can of worms - including appointing a new councilman.

"It could become a campaign issue," Ellingson said. "It's very important, and when people see the facts of it, yes, it probably will be."

Library officials have sought the expansion of Nichols as a means of meeting space demands. They initially requested $7 million for a 30,000-square-foot addition to be built at the same time the city builds a four-tier parking deck adjacent the library.

Library officials hoped to consolidate administrative offices with the expansion and open more programming space at all three of its sites. The latest cost estimates have ballooned to $8.7 million.

Opponents say expansion would be only a temporary fix. They say they'd prefer to invest that money in a new library on the north side of town.

"We need to go back to square one because we have a very good indication of how council feels and that should be part of what we consider when we look at what to do next," Mitchell said. "But there was nothing that we heard from council that makes us feel any different about our position."

Choosing sides

The incumbent councilmen who oppose the expansion plan to move forward with it off the table.

"I have no concern that it may become a campaign issue; it's not going to make me change how I approach it," Wehrli said. "I don't understand how we can spend $9 million for a 10-year solution."

Geoff Roehll, the lone challenger who sides with the current council majority, said he doesn't believe the library or its patrons will suffer without the expansion.

"The library is in pretty good shape, and they enjoy a great service record and national reputation," he said. "Based on the limited information I had at the (capital improvements program) meeting, I'd lean toward being more conservative with the taxpayers' money."

But expansion proponents say scrapping the proposal has repercussions not only for the library, but all of downtown.

"I believe it is short-sighted to make a categorical rejection of future expansion," Fieseler said. …

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