Delays For Greendale Community Learning Center Construction

The construction for a community learning center that would save the village money and increase programming at the library is not moving as quickly as some hoped.

The Greendale Community Learning Center will not be completed as quickly as the library director anticipated.

Greendale Schools, the Village of Greendale and the Greendale Public Library

Under the plan, the Public Library, the Health Department and the Park and Recreation Department would be housed under one roof in the current public library building at 5647 Broad Street.

When the CLC report was first released, Library Director Gary Niebuhr hoped construction would begin this fall. But that hasn't happened.

One side effect to the construction delay was the cancelation of the fall story time at the library. Niebuhr believed the library woud be under construction at this time, and canceled the program without planning for relocation.

Parents have called expressing their disappointment and are anxious for story time to start up again. Story time is expected to resume in February or March, and will likely be held at the Park and Recreation Department Education Center, 5680 Broad Street. 

Right now the three government entities are reviewing a business agreement about the management and construction of the CLC. Niebuhr says he hopes to have construction start by January and to have the CLC completed by June.

Bids will be accepted for the renovation that will provide access to the library area via Parking Street, provide a workstation at the front counter for the Park and Recreation secretary and an office for the Park and Recreation Director. The renovation will also include the creation of separate adult and youth seating areas and additional soft seating to facilitate laptop and tablet PC users.

The three partners will share the $150,000 renovation cost. 

The  to purchase a RFID Security System with a self-checkout system, to be paid back over seven years.

The Greendale Park & Recreation Department moved into a temporary office on August 6 in the library.

As with many government collaborations, this one comes with an expected cost savings. But this one brings something a little different as well: Increased services for Greendale residents.

Sharing staff and coordinating services between the departments and school district will bring operating costs down, while providing the opportunity for new programming and expanded hours.

Click here to learn more about the upcoming CLC.

Library Patron and Taxpayer November 08, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Looks to those who are in the know that this is just more of our government at work or or more clearly, not working very well. Parents and their kids are on the outside looking in at a library that is second rate - especially compared to Greenfield, Franklin and Hales Corners. The Library Board is a bunch of duds who are over their head or we would have a much better public library.
Joana Briggs November 08, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Fellow patron and taxpayer I get that you want something more and hope you have expressed those needs to the board. I for one love our library and the staff. If they do not have what I want which is seldom they order it for me. My great grand kids ask to go there when they visit as they feel so welcome and we have good learning adventures. Library board have you considered doing story time at various school libraries. Nice way to introduce preschoolers.
Reeder November 08, 2012 at 05:20 PM
keyword here is 'partnership' ... just when will that actually happen?
Jeff Mertle November 08, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Reeder is right. Partnership is the keyword. The pubic school district, the Village and the LIbrary. I found reports that show this project is more than behind schedule. It doesn't look like anything is getting accomplished.
Jeff Mertle November 08, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Check this out - Anybody seen any public meetings or communication about this? Timeline: Report to Respective Boards June 30, 2012 Relocation of Park and Recreation and associated reduction in shared staff roles August 1, 2012 Expansion of hours of Park and Recreation and Library wit Professional Staff hours redeployed so a professional librarian is present more open hours August 1, 2012 Community engagement and communication Ongoing Merger of Technology Services January 15, 2013 Development of Letter of Understanding of Governance December 1, 2012 Plan for Merger of Services and Staff December 1, 2012 Renovation of Library/Municipal Building September 1, 2012 Begin Merger of Staffs July 1, 2013
Reeder November 09, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Did you know the GP&R Dept. had to move their entire staff, office equipment(minus their office parakeet)to that small area within the library? The Director and the taff have to conduct business within earshot of the library and its patrons. They do not even have space in house to keep all the equipment and supplies needed for the classes they provide for our community. Check out their space the next time you are in the library, and then tell me who is being inconvenienced
our rights November 14, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Hey at least the arched sign next to the led sign is going to be on schedule !


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