continued Although everything is in place to set up the new fitness center, the village Board of Trustees decided to allow the library to stay in the space until the end of the year. They did ask that the program room be cleared out, which could cause problems for the library.
“I understand they made commitments thinking that we were leaving, but from my point of view we never discussed leaving earlier than next spring,” said Felsten.
The library will now need to find another location to hold programs or pay for storage of some materials. They are expected to move to their new location at the former Knights of Columbus building at 95 Main Street in January. The building is being renovated and the owner is leasing the property with an eventual option to buy.
The library is still seeking donations to finance the move. Felsten said they have enough money to move and operate the library in the new space, but are seeking to raise capital to purchase new furniture and expand the collection.
Library officials had sought out other options like expanding the current site or building a new facility, but neither were fiscally or logistically viable. The new space at 95 Main Street will nearly triple the size of the facility.
“I’m relieved. I can’t really say anything beyond that,” said Felsten. “Also, I think a fitness center is a good idea, but I’m not happy with the way the village went about it. Our fundraising campaign has been stalled by this.”
It is not known when the community fitness center will be fully operational.
Bruno said he is unsure if there will be a fee to use the facility or what the operational structure will be like. It is intended to eventually be self sustaining.
“The village is not looking to make a lot of money, just enough to cover expenses,” he said.