May 25, 2010

Money for library's Sunday hours
may pay for police bike patrols

Money set aside to open the library on Sundays may now be used to pay for extra police bike patrols this summer.

The Finance and Personnel Committee voted Monday to transfer $33,000 from the Racine Public Library back to the city's general fund. (Technically, the money was transferred from the library's Sunday Contingency Fund to the city's contingency fund.)

The City Council approved the money as part of the city's 2010 budget to allow the library to open on Sundays during the school year. But the Library Board decided not to use the money, and Alderman Greg Helding pushed to reclaim it for another use.

The committee put off a vote on Helding's proposal last month to give the Library Board another month to consider using the money. The board passed again, and the committee voted 3-0 on Monday to reclaim the money.

Police Chief Kurt Wahlen attended Monday's meeting and was prepared to speak in favor of using the money for bike patrols. But the committee held off on transferring the money to the police department until the proposal could be properly noticed.

The proposal will likely come back to the committee next month.