June 9, 2016
A Message from Board President, Tony Gundrum
On behalf of the Library Board of Trustees, I am happy to announce that the property for the new library has been purchased. The new library will be located at 38110 N. Munn Road, on the southeast side of Crooked Lake.
After evaluating multiple sites over the past ten months, the board unanimously approved this particular site as it is centrally located within the library district, has a traffic signal and offers the most flexibility. The entire parcel encompasses 29 acres (including wetlands and lake-front property) and offers 12 buildable acres.
This is a very exciting time. The new library will be twice the size yet will be built and operated without a tax increase.
The current library, at 30,000 square feet, is at a space deficit to effectively serve the population and is inadequate to accommodate future growth. The main factors the Board considered during site evaluations were adequate parking and storm water management. The Munn Road property ensures that we can serve the needs of the community for years to come.
Acquiring the land is the final piece of the first phase of the building program. The Board hired library space planner George Lawson to complete a needs assessment in spring of 2014 and shortly thereafter hired StudioGC Architecture. StudioGC provided a feasibility study based on the needs assessment and helped guide the Board through building and site evaluations. Now that we have the property, we can move forward with design and construction.
We will be holding public meetings and focus groups in the near future to gather community input regarding the new library.
This truly is an exciting time for us, as we look forward to a 21st century library that will greatly benefit our community. I will be available on two Mondays, June 13 and July 11, at 5:30pm to answer questions and address concerns.
And as always, I encourage everyone to attend a Board of Trustees meeting, held on the second Monday of the month at 6:30pm. Agendas and minutes are available at www.lvdl.org
July 31, 2015
A Message from Board President, Tony Gundrum
On behalf of the Lake Villa District Library Board of Trustees, I would like to share some very important and exciting news regarding the future of the library. We will be building a new, larger facility at a new location in the township. Due to LVDL’s fiscal responsibility, this facility will be built and operated without increasing your library taxes.
One of our major responsibilities as trustees and library administration is to evaluate and prepare for the future needs of the library. As you’ll remember from previous columns, we’ve been carefully evaluating options for over two years, and the very best outcome for our community is a new building at a new site.
Again, this facility will be built and operated without increasing your library taxes. Over the years, LVDL has operated with extreme fiscal responsibility and saved $17 million—that reserve will pay for the bulk of the project, while the remaining portion will be financed through a loan. This loan and all operating expenses for the new building will be funded by our existing tax base.
So, what’s next? The Board of Trustees is investigating potential sites for the new library. There’s really no telling how long that process will take; however, once the negotiations are settled and the building is designed, we anticipate construction to take approximately 14 months. What will happen to the current building? It has been appraised but is not yet up for sale. We are exploring our options.
We want you to know that your input is a necessary part of this endeavor. In the months ahead, there will be focus groups for you to share your ideas—what would you like to see in your new library? We foresee an innovative building with more meeting rooms and spaces for small groups to work; an improved area for Youth and Teens; and much more.
This truly is an exciting time for us, as we look forward to a 21st century library that will greatly benefit our community. I understand the news might come as a surprise to many of you. I will be available on two Mondays, August 10 and September 14, at 5:30pm to answer questions and address concerns. And as always, I encourage everyone to attend a Board of Trustees meeting, held on the second Monday of the month at 6:30pm. Agendas and minutes are available at www.lvdl.org.