WEB EXTRA - No decision on North Peoria library branch site

DeWayne Bartels
Mike McKenzie, left, president of the Peoria Public Library Board, announces the board made no decision on a site for the proposed North Peoria library branch, last night. The announcement followed a nearly hour-long executive session. The issuance of $35 million in bonds for a new North Peoria library Branch and improvements to the rest of the library system is on tonight's agenda for the Peoria City Council.

What will happen tonight when the Peoria City Council considers issuing $35 million in bonds for the Peoria Public Library is anyone’s guess.

But, one thing is for certain: The city council will not have a site for the proposed North Peoria library branch before them.

Last night, after a nearly hour-long executive session, the library board emerged to say they have not selected a site for the proposed branch.

“There is going to be no decision made today ... Based on discussions with our liaison that is not necessary,” library board president Mike McKenzie said.

He said the council/library liaison 4th District councilman Bill Spears said no decision on a site was necessary for the issue to move forward to the city council.

McKenzie said a library board building committee meeting and full board meeting are scheduled for July 1 to address this issue again.

“The council did not want to pressure the library board,” Spears said after the board meeting concluded.

“We have confidence in the board.”

Spears said, last night, he would be contacting each council member to fill them in on the details.

“Libraries are built for 50 years and we want it to be a sound decision,” Spears said.

Spears said he had no idea what might result tonight as the council considers the library board’s request for bonds.

“I have 24 hours,” Spears said.

McKenzie said he was glad to have the pressure removed to pick a site.

He also said he does not anticipate the council tabling the issue again.

“Hopefully we’ll have more discussions with the council tomorrow,” McKenzie said.

“I’m confident we’ll finish this up tomorrow night.”