Who signs on the line for new library ownership?

Spirited discussion, no decision yet

Steve Smith
Posted 5/25/21

Fort Lupton City Council, the city attorney and the Weld Re-8 board of education did not agree who should sign the title if and when the library moves to the north side of town.

The library wants …

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Who signs on the line for new library ownership?

Spirited discussion, no decision yet

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Fort Lupton City Council, the city attorney and the Weld Re-8 board of education did not agree who should sign the title if and when the library moves to the north side of town.

The library wants to move from Fort Lupton High School to a two-acre plot of land near the Safeway store, about a block from the city recreation center.

What took up most of a combined workshop debate May 25 was which group or groups could sign the title to the land. There was no decision because the format of the meeting didn't allow for decisions.

Councilman Tommy Holton thought the library board should be the only group to sign the deed.

"Since 1985, the (library) board has been its own entity," Holton said. "

City Attorney Andy Ausmus didn't agree.

"The advisory board does not have a tax ID number. It's not an entity that can sue or be sued," Ausmus said. "The two members are the city of Fort Lupton and the school district."

"The board is a governing body," Holton countered. "We don't do that with FLURA (the Fort Lupton Urban Renewal Authority)."

"The IGA (intergovernmental agreement) made the city the fiscal agent and made the school district responsible for maintenance," Ausmus said. 

"They are not an advisory board. They are a governing body," Holton said. 

Mayor Zo Stieber tried to split the difference.

"I would like to see both founding members sign, but I'm OK if the city is the only one," she said. "I don't want it to look like the city took steps without involving the school district."

"I don't want the library," Holton said. "I want the library board, the city and the district on there (signing the document)."

There was no word on when council might decide who signs and who doesn't. Council's next meeting is Tuesday, June 1. The library board would like the signed documents in hand by Friday, June 4.

The library board is proposing two facilities, one inside Fort Lupton High School for its students and one -- the new facility -- for the other members of the public.

"The library size would be better served if the services were divided," said library advisory board President Lia Inge. "A lot of mothers don't feel comfortable coming into the library at certain times of the day. The kids who need access to the library can be overwhelming."

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