February 9, 2012

Germantown Hills Fire Station Community Room

Germantown Hills, IL


          A public meeting with Germantown Hills residents convened on February 9, 2012 at 7:00pm at the Germantown Hills Fire Station Community Room in Germantown Hill, IL.  Board members present were Buhr, Kramer, Pugh, Rush, Weddle, and Zoss.  Absent:  Ericsson.  Also present was Director Fredericksen, and Dewberry architects Rick McCarthy, Paul Kouri, and Amanda Waries.  Seventy-three interested people attended this meeting. 

          Fredericksen opened the meeting at 7:04pm with a welcome, and a description of the Germantown Hills building program progression, informing residents that feedback was desired from them of what they wish to see incorporated into their new library.  The meeting was then turned over to Rick McCarthy.

          McCarthy explained Dewberry's approach to their work, of how they wish to combine their professional experience, creativity and passion with the goals and vision that the IPDPL Board has for the new library.  He presented overhead photos of work Dewberry has done in other library projects, showing their capabilities and experience, and giving vision to possibilities for Germantown Hills.  He stressed the need to create a building that is adapted to the needs of the 21st century populace of every age group and how that might work out practically.  He elaborated on the 4 concepts of technology, mobility, socialization, and collaboration that have seen great change in the manner the modern library is accessed, and how these would be incorporated at Germantown Hills. 

          McCarthy opened the floor for comments and questions. 

          Much interest was expressed in seeing that the new library could be a gathering space for residents, to meet the need for a community center of activity.

Questions about the budget and fundraising were raised, and concerns about costs.  McCarthy stated we would work to find the balance between the "must-haves" and the "want-to-haves" while also meeting code requirements and striving to be environmentally sound.  The desire was expressed for more library open hours, which is indeed part of the planned program.  Some discussion ensued concerning the empty Jubilee store building; and also the size of our already purchased lot and the potential of that space.

          Dewberry had printed out large posters with photos of their work, and gave each person 5 stickers to use by sticking on photos of the most appealing aspects of a new building.  The vote sticking took place at 8:00pm.  This led to an informal dismissal of the meeting, with various persons staying around afterward to voice their opinions and interest to Board members.


Submitted by Board Secretary

Evelyn Zoss           

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