At Waconia’s library, there’s nothing to check out

Bob Cox writes

For a definition of “confusion,” look into Waconia’s new library. But don’t look for it in a book. There aren’t any.

There isn’t any heat or electricity, either. Although the other tenants of the city’s new $12 million downtown project moved into sparkling new offices and cozy apartments last month, the library space remains empty, cold and dark, thanks to disagreements between city and county officials.

City Administrator Susan Arntz said the city has always been clear about what it would provide for the new library, a branch of the Carver County system. She said the city assumed responsibility for the exterior of the building and agreed to contribute $175,000 toward finishing the 11,920-square-foot interior space. More…..