From the Board President Jason Brandt: The Helen Plum Library continues to firmly believe that building a new library at its current location, adjacent to Lilacia Park, benefits the Park, the Library and the Lombard downtown area, and honors Col. Plum’s original vision of his donation to Lombard. The Library Board also recognizes that it … More November 4 Communication with Park District and Board President Statement
Statement from Jason Brandt, Library Board President“We are disappointed that the Park Board is unwilling to continue discussions about our proposal to build a new library at Lombard Common. The alternative locations they have suggested, which we have thoroughly and diligently explored, are all not viable for distinct reasons. Please see the documentation below from … More Additional Correspondence with Park District
On May 23, 2019, the Library responded to the Park District’s offer of a land swap for our current building and lands to a location in Lombard Common park. The attached documents detail the exchange between the Library attorney and the Park District attorney.
In my recent update in the Helen Plum Library Gazette, the Lombard Park District has requested I correct a statement made in the update. In my description of the proposal from the Park District it stated it contained a “zero-setback along Maple Street.” A proper description would have been “inadequate setback along Maple Street.” The … More Update from Board President
In an effort to provide as much transparency as possible regarding the ongoing discussions between the Lombard Park District and the Helen Plum Library, the following are links to the most recent correspondence regarding the new building project. Response to Park District from Library Board President (PDF) Response to Library from Park District (PDF)
Library District Tax payers and supporters, The Library Board wanted to provide a detailed update on where things currently stand, how we got to this point, and how we plan to move forward with the new building for the Library. The Helen Plum Library is continuing our effort to reach a mutually acceptable agreement with … More Where We Are and How We Got Here
What about Mr. Z’s property? The property is currently on the market for $2.25 million. Any new building construction plan undertaken by the Helen Plum Library would require a referendum for funding. The current plan to present a referendum to the public in November of 2016 would mean that if approved, funding for the project, … More Commonly Asked Question #4
Why have other area libraries been able to do major renovations and upgrades without a referendum? As you can see in the chart below, Helen Plum Library has the lowest expenditure per capita of any of the local peer libraries with similar populations. Minimal annual levy increases through the years by Helen Plum have not … More Commonly Asked Question #3