Brookfield residents have agreed to send the Brookfield Library proposal to a referendum. During last night's special town meeting, February 27th was set as the voting day on the 35,000 square foot, $14.7 million proposal. Brookfield received approval for a $1 million state grant to offset the costs of the new library, but the grant approval expires in March.
Library officials say the existing facility is too small to accommodate new services, and no longer meets the needs of the community. They want to provide dedicated space for children and teens, quiet study space, expanded meeting space, improved accessibility for handicapped patrons, enhanced technology access, and ample parking.
More than half of all Brookfield residents have a library card. Approximately 100,000 visits are made to the library each year.
$300,000 could be used to replace the Horse Field athletic field, if the library is built there. Brookfield Soccer Club raised money to build the field two decades ago. Soccer club members have said it is the best field in town. Locations for a replacement field could be the municipal center campus, Happy Landings or Eriksen Farm. The town could also opt to purchase a private property.