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June 23, 2018

5/17/2018 3:05:00 PM
Council orders library/community center study

By Gretta Becay

At their meeting May 8, the Byron city council voted to take one more step towards a decision about building a library/community center.

They agreed to hire a firm to complete an in-depth survey of stakeholders in Byron and use that data to predict, "Does Byron want a library/community center enough to pay for it?"

In other words, if a bond referendum was held with the goal in mind of funding such a facility, would the referendum be approved by Byron voters?

Traci Lesneski and Tim Miller, architects from RSP+MSR - two companies out of Minneapolis that are working together on the project - explained to the council that the Phase 1 of the project is to "assess the will of the community" and they would do that using tools such as surveys, meetings with stakeholders or workshops to sound out people's opinions.

Council members voted to pay for this step, to see if the idea "...has legs," explained City Administrator Mary Blair-Hoeft.

"I think there's enough interest to continue with Phase 1," said Council member Scott Johnson.

The council members directed the two not to begin the surveys until after summer because so many people leave town when school is not in session.

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