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City hall and library will be discussed in joint Oak Creek meeting

Dec. 7, 2011

The Common Council and the Oak Creek-Franklin School Board will hold a joint meeting to discuss a site for a new city hall and library at 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Community Center, 8580 S. Howell Ave.

At the insistence of Mayor Dick Bolender, the meeting will be televised.

The date was set after a lengthy discussion on whether the council should meet with all the interested parties separately, as Alderman Stephen Scaffidi recommended, or as one large group, favored by Bolender, who remarked: "Divide and conquer - that's what that's about."

The mayor also said meeting individually with groups would slow the decision process down. "You're going to drag it out for another six, eight meetings."

In the end, the council voted in favor of a larger meeting, and city staff assured the aldermen that results of a resident survey seeking input on the location of a new civic center would be available before that meeting for their review.

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