MASON CITY – The Mason City Library Board fought off a second attempt by the Mason City Chamber of Commerce to construct a performance pavilion in the north lawn of the library grounds.
The library board’s steering committee recommended to the board that construction of the pavilion be turned down. The steering committee is made up of ordinary citizens who make recommendations to the board on some issues.
“The steering committee told them (the Chamber of Commerce) ‘no’ before,” a source told NIT.
“The committee was concerned about the trees and sidewalk that are already in the lawn,” the source continued. The pavilion “doesn’t fit our mission.”
NIT was also told that the board and the committee was concerned about liability issues as well as maintaining the structure. The source confirmed that the library is tens of thousands of dollars in debt at this time and struggling to pay its bills simply from upkeep and staffing requirements even as library management searches for ways to cut costs.
“This fits right in with how this City is being run at this time,” said Fourth Ward City Council candidate Matt Marquardt. “Here is another example of Robin Anderson, using her clout at City Hall, leaning on a city-run operation (the library) to get her pet project built. Special interests are running our City at this time. It’s time to revoke Mrs. Anderson’s blank check and bring common sense back to City Hall. I commend the committee and the board for telling Mrs. Anderson ‘no’. Mrs. Anderson, we have a Band Shell. Go to East Park and use it like the rest of us do.”