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Tiskilwa will sell its library ... to the library

Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 2:40 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 7:28 p.m. CDT

TISKILWA — It is official.

The village of Tiskilwa made it official at Tuesday night’s meeting. The Tiskilwa Public Library will be sold.

After discussion among the village board members and library board president Rich Foss, the village board motioned to sign an agreement to sell the library property, currently owned by the village, to the library district. The library district will pay $5,000 for the property and reimburse the village for previously paid bills like utilities, putting the transaction total just over $8,800.

There are no stipulations in the sales agreement that the library district has to keep the existing building. Though this is a concern for some board members, Foss said he and the library board would like to preserve the historic structure if possible, as well as the old jail that sits behind the library.

The hope of the library board, he said, is to build an addition with the help of grant money from the Illinois Historic Preservation Society.

In other business:

• The board accepted a bid from LaPorte Mowing Service to mow the east and west parks throughout the spring and summer. LaPorte’s bid of $55 per mowing for the east park and $50 per mowing for the west park was the lowest of four bids received.

• Several board members are considering attending an upcoming economic summit hosted by the North Central Illinois Council of Governments. That event will take place May 10 in Princeton.

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