The Waxahachie City Council will hold a special workshop at 6 p.m. today to discuss the restoration and expansion of Nicholas P. Sims Library.
The workshop will be held in the council conference room at City Hall prior to the regular scheduled council meeting, set for 7 p.m. in the council chambers.
During the council’s Nov. 5 meeting, the council discussed a cooperative agreement between the city and Sims Library for the city to take over library operations.
As part of the accord, the city would fund an $8 million expansion project for the library, which is located on Main Street, in 2010.
While the library does receive city funding for general operation, it is operated as an independent, nonprofit organization. Sims Library was founded Sept. 1, 1898, through the will of Nicholas P. Sims with the intentions of better serving residents of Waxahachie.
Should the agreement be approved, on Oct. 1, 2008, the library will become a department of the city with the city assuming responsibility for the library operations and the building.
During the Nov. 5 meeting, Councilor Joe Gallo requested more time for further discussion and an opportunity for all the details to be presented prior to a vote on the matter.
“I’m a big library supporter and I’m all for improving the library,” Gallo said during the Nov. 5 meeting. “But I haven’t had enough time to review the cooperative agreement and say I’m ready to approve it. I don’t want to hold it up — but that’s how I feel. One of the things that I really admire about this council is the fact that when we say we’re going to do something, we honor our agreements. Before we vote on something of this magnitude, I need to be able to say that I’ve thoroughly reviewed the agreement and given it careful deliberation.
“If we were to vote on this matter tonight, I would have to vote against for that reason alone — especially since we’re binding future councils to our decision. I respectfully request we table this matter and schedule a workshop with the library board so that we all can be sure that we’re on the same page and we all — us and the library board — understand fully what it is we are agreeing on,” Gallo said.
Following the council’s vote to table the issue, Councilor Ron Wilkinson requested the matter be placed on the Dec. 3 council agenda for action.
According to the agenda, no action is scheduled on the library agreement during tonight’s meeting.
During tonight’s council meeting, items scheduled for discussion and action include:
Consider final plat for the Waxahachie Towne Center North Addition. Consider approving an ordinance outlining the joint venture agreement between the city of Waxahachie and Rockett Special Utility District for the Robert W. Sokoll Water Treatment Plant and related matters. Consider a proposed ordinance adding a park pavilion rental fee and schedule for usage in city parks. Consider awarding a bid for cemetery maintenance. Consider awarding a bid for cemetery grave opening and closings. Consider a proposed contract with CLB Engineers for engineering and design of a 48-inch sewer line.