City council to determine next steps in library process [UPDATED]Published 4:26am Monday, November 18, 2013 Updated 6:26am Monday, November 18, 2013
A community survey about the Fergus Falls Public Library identified the need for more space for library users, more seating and improving spaces like community rooms, restrooms and programming areas.
In order to move forward with accomplishing these needs, the Fergus Falls Library Board recommends forming a committee to select a project team which would identify the specifics of how more space could be achieved for the library.
With separate motions, the library board approved the Library Needs Assessment and a draft of a memo for the next steps for the Library Renewal Project. The Fergus Falls City Council will vote on the recommendation at its meeting Monday.
According to the memo, phase two of the project would include forming a council-appointed committee to select a project team (including a library planner, architect and engineer).
This selection committee would conduct the Request for Qualification process and decide who should be part of the project team.
Phase one, the Library Needs Assessment, determined that there are needs within the library, according to Erin Smith, library director.
The job of the library planner and architect will be to determine how they can meet those identified needs.
Tuesday, library board members agreed that the work session with the city council to discuss the Library Needs Assessment was very positive.
Other business scheduled:
• A resolution authorizing staff to obtain quotes to install an air handling unit to the Community Arena for the dehumidification project and to proceed with plans and specifications for a desiccant dehumidification unit.
The city is looking to resolve moisture issues in the south Community Arena. By design, the north Community Arena was built with a dehumidification system, but the south arena was not.
The south arena has experienced issues the past two seasons due to outside air temperatures and humidity levels at the start and ends of the seasons.
• Badge ceremony for Fergus Falls firefighters Preston Berg, Joel Demmer and Zach Hoyer.
• A resolution acknowledging John Mandelke’s 35 years of service to the city of Fergus Falls. The current chief operator at the landfill, he intends to retire as of Nov. 29.
• An update on hiring a new public works director. Current director Anne Martens accepted a job in Colorado, and her last day with Fergus Falls will be Dec. 3.