<br />MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE EDINA
<br />VILLAGE COUNCIL, HELD MONDAY, DECEMBER 16,
<br />1963, AT 7:OO P.M., AT THE EDINA VILLAGE HALL.
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<br />Members answering Rollcall we're MacMillan, Rixe, Tupa, VanValkenburg and Bredesen.
<br />WHITE OAKS SEWER HEARING POSTPONED,
<br />Public Hearing on the White Oaks Sewer has been postponed until spring; that owners
<br />will..receive mailed notification of new date at such time as it is definitely scheduled.
<br />Mayor Bredesen announced that the proposed
<br />Tupa's motion for approval of Minutes of December 2nd Meeting, as submitted, was
<br />seconded by MacMillan and carried.
<br />EDINA TO BE 75 YEARS OLD ON DECEMBER 18. Mr. Bredesen reported that Edina was
<br />incorporated as a Village on December 18, 1888.
<br />COUNCIL ASKS FOR REPORT FROPI LIBRARY CONSULTANTS, PURSUANT TO CITIZENS' REQUEST FOR
<br />IMMEDIATE ACTION ON NEW LIBRARY. Mayor Bredesen told an audience of about fifty
<br />persons that the Council is meeting tonight for its first formal discussion since
<br />receipt of the report of the Friends of the Library relative to new and improved
<br />library facilities, although each of the Council has studied and discussed the
<br />report informally.
<br />many letters advocating a new library, some of which letters asked for new facilities
<br />providing there would be no raise in taxes, Mr. Bredesen suggested that"citizens not
<br />confuse the facilities under discussion-that the reareation facilities constructed
<br />and under construction (swimming pool and golf course) are and will be self sustaining,
<br />whereas the library can be built from moneys provided from either one of two sources;
<br />private contributions, which the Friends of the Library feel is not possible, or
<br />from tax levy,
<br />Liquor Stores might be used for the library, but that a commitment was made at the
<br />time the municipal liquor store was established, that such profits be used for either
<br />park and recreation purposes, or to decrease the taxes by direct contribution to the
<br />General Fund of the village. Mr. Bredesen suggested that if it is decided by the
<br />Council to proceed with the building of a library, Council should seek the advice of
<br />professional librarians, familiar with all aspects of library operations, preferably
<br />coming from outside the Village and with no personal nor convenience preferences.
<br />Trustee VanValkenburg said that in his conversation with one member of the
<br />School Board it had been suggested that the demand for bigger and better school
<br />library might be worked out, with access to the public; that as part of the study
<br />for new library facility it might be well to work with the School Board for their
<br />Dr. Alan Mogck, Chairman of the Friends of the Library, presented to the
<br />Council a petition reading, "We respectfully request and urge that the Trustees of
<br />the Village of Edina take immediate steps to provide adequate library facilities
<br />for said Village," signed by 1941 persons.
<br />read the Resolution adopted by the Student 'Council after discussion with the student
<br />body concerning the library problem, asking that (1) library be built as soon as
<br />possible to assure adequate facilities for students; (2) that library have a special
<br />student section; (3) %hat library be open Saturdays, two nights and each afternoon
<br />until 6:OO P.E.I.; (4) that library have large reference section for school assignments;
<br />and stating that students realize that all their wants and ideas cannot be
<br />incorporated into the plans but feel the composition of the new library might be
<br />assisted by these ideas.
<br />members of the student body, reading in the same manner as the petition presented
<br />by Dr. Mogck.
<br />Relative to the location of a new library, Mayor Bredesen told group it is
<br />evident from the discussions he has had, that one library cannot completely serve
<br />Edina; that the Village has already been cut in two by construction of the Crosstown
<br />Highway, and will be further divided when Highway 100 is improved. He added that
<br />some 10,000 people can easily walk to the library at its present location, and
<br />that the land has been donated for either library or park purposes and will revert
<br />back to the owner if it is not used for one' or the other.
<br />Dr. blogck supported the Friends' recommendation €or a location at Valley View
<br />Road and W.66th Street on the grounds that this lo'cation has ready access to
<br />heavily travelled nearby highways and is close to Southdale, which predominates as
<br />the Edina Shopping Center in the minds of most Edina residents.
<br />Village Manager Hyde suggested that one of the big considerations is the plan
<br />for a future Regional Hennepin County Library to serve the southwest area.
<br />inquired of Miss Helen Young, Director of the Hennepin County Library, as to whether
<br />the County Library will continue to serve Morningside if Edina goes ahead with its
<br />plans for a new facility. She explained that
<br />the matter of the location of a regional library is most difficult to determine
<br />because of population trends; that it is hoped a planning consultant can be employed
<br />for further study; that, with a one-mill Capital Improvements levy within the
<br />permitted five-mill levy, it will take some five years to begin the regional library
<br />program; that it is felt that the southwest area--Edina, Richfield, Bloomington and
<br />part of Eden Prairie should have first priority,
<br />Adding that he and the other Council members have all had
<br />He added he has heard some comment that profits from the two Municipal
<br />Mr. Don Bennett, President of the*Edina-Morningside High School Student Council,
<br />Mr, Bennett also presented a petition, signed by 265
<br />Miss young's answer was indefinite.