This story does a decent job of summing up the controversy here. Libraries are very important to communities, and can be especially effective in areas that lack in other educational or community resources. I agree with the last line of this story, though: eminent domain should only be utilized for a necessary asset and as an absolute last resort. Prioritizing the right to legally own property and businesses is paramount. In this case the Library has other options to still accomplish their goal of giving Brightwood a much-improved community amenity.
The Municipal Corporations Committee will hear and vote on this proposal tomorrow August 10 at 5:30pm, which will also serve as the public hearing. If it passes on to the full council, we will vote on it at the next Full Council Meeting August 15 at 7pm.
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