DeKalb City Council tackles issues concerning the public library and economic development

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DeKalb Mayor Kris Polvsen shakes hands with DeKalb resident while 5th Ward Alderman Ron Naylor looks on in 2011.

By Junae Bennett

Dee Cover shared some interesting news during her report at the DeKalb City Council meeting Monday night.

The DeKalb Public Library executive director explained that the 80-year-old library, located at 309 Oak St. in DeKalb, flooded Saturday.

Cover said the new employees were surprised by the flooding, but the more experienced ones knew where the pumps were and called home to ask family members to bring shopping bags to help clean up.

Cover said she and other library employees will continue to work on the water problem; however, the boiler still works and the roof is fine.

Cover also mentioned that although reference is becoming more digital, not everything is free. The library spent $60,000 on a virtual database. The library is receiving national attention because the Big Read is coming back for the fifth year, and teen librarian Steve Roman received an American Library Association award, Cover said.

The DeKalb City Council also appointed Austin Quick, NIU Student Association Speaker of the Senate, as a member of its Economic Development Committee (EDC).

The council also discussed whether the EDC code should be amended from nine members to five to allow for more frequent meetings. With a nine member board, there needs to be five people present at the meetings. If it were reduced to five, the EDC would only need three people present to make decisions.

If the number of members was reduced from nine to five, the EDC would become a non-functioning committee, said DeKalb Mayor Kris Povlsen.

Third Ward Alderman Kristen Lash said the members could be reduced to six or seven, so in case one or two people couldn’t make the meeting it would still be a functioning committee.

The next city council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at the DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St.