With the Merchant’s Walk building apparently off the market, Poynette Village Board members discussed more options for library expansion and potential relocation of the Poynette Area Historical Society at their Monday night meeting.
Village administrator Sue Deuth said officials from the Bank of Wisconsin Dells informed her the bank has accepted an offer in the Merchant’s Walk building.
The next option talked about was a switch of Poynette village offices with the current Poynette Area Public Library space, but no trustees stepped forward to support investigating that idea further.
“This is a (village) storm shelter,” said trustee Dave Hutchinson. “If you fill this up with a library, you don’t have a storm shelter any longer. You also have a backup generator that controls the police department and our office here. As far as I’m concerned, that takes this out of the equation.”
Trustee Bill Boor said after meeting recently with Poynette Area Public Library Director Kris Daugherty, he got a better understanding of the possibilities of expanding the library next door into the “Little Blessings” building. He said it seemed to be a plausible building to move in a children’s library or meeting space that would not require spending lots of money to re-support the floor.
Trustee Paul Chapa said no matter what the intended use may be, under state law, any building designated as a library falls under certain regulations that would force the village to build to a certain code, regardless of intended use. Poynette President Jerry Burke said village officials will look at recent engineering studies to see how much work would need to be done on the building.
In other news
The board observed a moment of silence for Dick Marquardt, who passed away Monday morning. Marquardt was an insurance, real estate and appraisal agent in Poynette since he moved his business to Main Street in 1961.