In addition to confirming mayoral appointments to city committees and commissions, the Council will take up the issue of the Central Library tonight.
Mark Clear, Larry Palm, Paul Skidmore and Joe Clausius have introduced a measure to support rebuilding the library, as endorsed by the mayor. Quite a few alders, including Clear's opponent in the election for Council president, Marsha Rummel, expressed surprise and disappointment that the mayor gave up on the previous plan to build an entirely new library at a different location. Even Thuy was reluctant to say good bye to the old plans.
I also heard that Ald. Shiva Bidar-Sielaff plans to introduce an amendment which would require 15 votes for the reconstruction, instead of the usual 11. She reasons that the allocation of funding for the renovation makes it a budget item, which requires a super-majority.
It will be interesting to see how the vote tally on the amendment differs from that on the final resolution. Are supporters of the mayor's plan going to agree that the measure requires 15 votes even if it puts their preferred outcome at risk?