A lack of quorum on Tuesday morning meant the Denison City Council was unable to approve a portion of the contractor bids for renovations to the public library. Councilman Bill Malvern was unable to attend the meeting due to a last-minute family matter. But city officials said the library still will move operations to its temporary location at 306 Main St. next week, regardless of the snafu.

A lack of quorum on Tuesday morning meant the Denison City Council was unable to approve a portion of the contractor bids for renovations to the public library. Councilman Bill Malvern was unable to attend the meeting due to a last-minute family matter. But city officials said the library still will move operations to its temporary location at 306 Main St. next week, regardless of the snafu.


"We were thinking we were going to open on Dec. 2, but we’re having some trouble getting the electricity turned on so we may be a few days late," said Library Director Alvin Bailey. "We’ve already started boxing up stuff and basically we can stay where we are until we need to move."


Library staff will be relocating many of their most popular catalog items to the Main Street location for the duration of the six-week project, with the goal of maintaining service to the public. For its part, the Council is expected to tackle the contractor bids during its regular meeting on Dec. 2. Bailey said the lack of Council action would result in only minimal delays.


"Back in September, we approved the purchase of a lot of stuff, and there was some other stuff we approved in October. This is just approving the construction piece. There are other things that are still happening out there and going on, some of it’s already been voted on."


Bailey went on to explain that the Council’s final vote Monday to approve more than $170,000 in construction funds will be more or less a formality.


"The vast majority of the money came from private sources, so the budget on this is sort of set. It’s just the Council going through that process saying, ‘Okay, yes, that’s the stuff we want to buy.’ So this was just a slice of the pie."


The library project, which Denison Mayor Jared Johnson has repeatedly called "the best dollar-for-dollar project" the city is undertaking this year, has hit bumps in the road prior to Tuesday. Rising furniture costs and an omission by a contractor meant the Council had to find an additional $125,000 beyond the original budget of $550,000 earlier this month.


City Manager Robert Hanna emphasized that the delay in Council action Tuesday was an unfortunate but unavoidable part of city business.


"These things happen," he said.