The Whitewater Common Council held their meeting on March 1 at the Municipal Building to discuss the possible expansion of the Irvin L. Young Library, along with the discussion on a high strength waste receiving station.

Whitewater City Manager, Cameron Clapper, brought upon to the city council, the idea of funding and constructing a new library. Clapper claimed this idea is “something the library board has been working toward for years.”

Clapper also participated in the Platteville board meeting, where the possibility of a similar library expansion was being discussed. The plan includes reconstruction for a public library, along with the development of a private hotel. The completion for the $16.1 million project is anticipated for March 2017.

“It’s probably been over a decade that the library board has wanted an expansion…why wouldn’t we do something to achieve their goal?” Vice President Lynn Binnie claimed.

The expansion for the Whitewater project will be a 25,000 square foot space, with  a lease for seven years, at $250,000 a year. A fourth of the project’s expenses will come from municipal funding.

The total cost is expected to be approximately $10 million. New market and tax credits, along with public sources would be used to help fund the project.

Clapper stressed that with the expense that this project could bring, having partnerships is the best way to succeed.

Stephanie Goettl, Alderwoman of District 5, stressed her concerns towards the project, worried that there’s no guarantee that the library would be donated back to the city.

“There’s a lot of realism that needs to be brought to the table,” Goettl said. “I just don’t want to get to the point where we all are so sure we’re going to get this great, awesome new facility, without having some realistic question asked early enough in the game.”

If everything in the plan goes well, the project could be put together in 18 months.

 

The other topic discussed between the council members was the High Strength Waste Receiving Station (HSW).

This 25,000 gallon concrete tank would be built along the Wastewater Utility Plant, allowing high strength waste to be pumped into the city digesters.

HSW, defined under the city ordinance, is any stream of waste higher in suspended solids, biochemical oxygen demand, total phosphorous, or ammonia nitrogen.

The station would help heat several utility buildings. The gas being generated from the HSW station would affect the natural gas Whitewater spends on per year.

Assistant City Manager, Chris McDonnell claimed that they could either:

  • Accept the HSW as part of the project and use clear water funds.
  • Reject the alternate, eliminating the project from all considerations.
  • Eliminate the HSW but step out the utilities.
  • Receive a proposal from Baker Tilly to help facilitate a private partner to find a joint venture.

The city council voted to allow Baker Tilly, an advisory firm from Janesville, to attend the next common council meeting to discuss assistance on the project.

Spring classes just started up last week, yet it feels like I’ve been going to class for days upon days upon days upon… you get the picture. With commencement only months away, I know I can’t be the only one coming down with the symptoms of what’s called Senioritis. It’s something we all seem to go through, as soon as our last semester of school begins. The symptoms, which are usually laziness, lack of studying, dismissive attitudes, and so on, can only be cured by one thing: Graduation.

For all of you seniors out there, here’s a list of 7 tips provided by the Huffington Post that can help you fight this disease! Good luck to you all!

 

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