Re-8 board to decide on library purchase participation

Steve Smith
Posted 6/3/21

The Weld Re-8 board of education may move toward some sort of a decision on its participation in the sale and relocation of the Fort Luptnn Public & School Library June 3.

The board is due to …

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Re-8 board to decide on library purchase participation

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The Weld Re-8 board of education may move toward some sort of a decision on its participation in the sale and relocation of the Fort Lupton Public & School Library June 3.

The board is due to hold an executive session on Zoom to talk about whether it wants to sign off on the purchase of two acres of land near Dale's Pharmacy.

The library board needs a decision from the board and the city of Fort Lupton by Friday, June 4. The city approved its part of the deal earlier in the week.

Legal counsel advised the school board that its first choice was to decide whether to be a signor on the agrement. The city and the district are library partners through the High Plains Library District.

Superintendent Alan Kaylor said the district is not the financial agent for this purchase.

"It's my understanding we don't have a say," he told the board. "We aren't the fiscal agent."

"I don't want to delay this. I think we're ready to move forward," said board member Kehle Griego. "I'd like information on why they (the city) is being negative)."

The issue that hung up city council was whether the library board was the fiscal agent in this matter. Councilman Tommy Holton said yes.

"They operated as its own entity from 1985 to 2014," Holton said. "They were a signatory at one time. That's why they moved it over to us."

City Attorney Andy Ausmus didn't think so.

"The IRS doesn't recognize them as an entity," Ausmus said. "Contractually, it's impossible to do what you are suggesting. They are not a corporate entity. The board is not a fiscal agent."

Re-8 board member Cody LeBlanc wasn't in favor of moving tbe library from its present home inside Fort Lupton High School.

"We don't have an agreement with council before we agree to anything," he said.

Griego disagreed.

"It (the new location) provides more accessibillity," she said.

The purchase price is around $850,000, according to outgoing library Director Sarah Franks. The land is near the new location of Dale's Pharmacy on state Highway 52 east of Weld County Road 27. Ausmus said the wording of the agreement allows the Weld Re-8 School District to add its signature later on. 

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