Three years after the new Allerton Public Library building opened up on the west side of Monticello, one final installation officially completes the structure.
A bronze plaque now greets patrons in the entryway with a rendering of Max Edwin Hency, the philanthropist whose $3 million donation made the new building possible. His will donated a majority of the Hency estate to the Allerton Public Library and the Henry Louis Mencken House in Baltimore.
The plaque says, “In Recognition of Max Edwin Hency, Whose generous donation made the possibility of this library a reality.” It also notes the Aug. 22, 2016 day the new library opened.
Library Director Lisa Winters said it was not an item that was forgotten, just that it took a while to find a contractor to install it.
“We have had that plaque for a while, but could not get anybody to hang it for us,” Winters told the Allerton Public Library board on Oct. 2. “The people that I usually ask didn’t want to do it into steel studding.”
Enter Core Construction of Peoria, recommended by the Otto Baum firm that constructed the library. Core employees recently made the trip over to install the plaque and perform a few other items of maintenance, including the removal of metal poles at the entrance of the parking lot, a remnant of the time when Carle Clinic operated a facility on the property.
Core Construction also replaced some damaged ceiling tiles and repaired a back door at the library.
The board approved a tentative tax levy for 2019, payable with the 2020 property tax payments.
The total requested is $288,312, about 5 percent more than last year’s levy of $274,625. With an assessed valuation of $139,555,924 for the district, it should result in a tax rate close to last year’s 19.7 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.
A final vote on the levy will likely take place at the Nov. 6 board