In June, the Appleton Common Council voted to not authorize the City of Appleton to make an offer to the owners of Fox Banquets & Rivertyme Catering and Trinity Lutheran Church, also known as the “bluff site”. It became clear last year, that talking about sites and concepts had more people paying attention to the mission and needs of the library than prior articles, television news stories, focus groups and meetings had done.
Our work has been intentionally inclusive, and we won’t stop being inclusive with this decision. Not everyone agreed with the proposed site, and the reality is, there will not be a site or option presented that will have universal support. However, the foundation for moving forward is that everyone’s opinions need to be treated with respect. If we want people to participate, everyone should feel as valued as those who have come before them. This means the input we receive will be broad and diverse, and while the needs of the library haven’t changed, we need to move forward in a productive a manner.