Crime Spike Leads to Increased Spending Request

Waukesha Public Library wants to keep security guards throughout the summer.

The is seeking to maintain throughout the summer its security guards that patrol the library during the school year because of increased crime-related incidents.

“Unfortunately, the number of patron behavior and has risen substantially over the past 12 months, and immediate action to appropriately deal with these ongoing threats has become necessary,” said in a memo to the Finance Committee. “An absent security presence for summer 2012 presents a potential dangerous situation for library staff and patrons alike.”

Lynch estimated in his memo to the committee that about 150,000 patrons will use the library and that the children’s department is on target to receive a record number of participants for its summer reading program.

The cost to hire security personnel for the summer is $7,920 and the money is not in the library’s budget. Lynch is requesting the Finance Committee approve the expenditure from the city’s contingency fund.

The request to hire security personnel is supported by Alderwoman Joan Francoeur, acting City Administrator Steve Crandell, Library Building and Operations Supervisor Jim LaPaz and Police Capt. Ron Tischer, in addition to Lynch, according to the memo.

The Finance Committee will take up the request during its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at , 201 Delafield St.

Kat June 26, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Well said, Jason. I agree. There are also a huge number of sex offenders and predators that are located very near the library and Cutler Park....in fact, some of them are probably in those horrible boarding houses right across the street. It's unbelievable that this is allowed to go on. I live very near the library and I enjoy going there and it's very sad to see. Additional security is welcome and needed....maybe the city should do something about these places as well. Do they have to be located near a library, a middle school, and numerous parks where there are children and families and patrons who want to enjoy the library, the park and the downtown?
superdavefive June 26, 2012 at 01:17 PM
@ fog horn - Your comment leads me to believe that you don't think it's worth $7,920 to keep our library safe. The activity may only be displaced, but look at the place we'd be protecting. I'm okay with people using this building for the air conditioning, but they need to act right.
Louise June 26, 2012 at 08:37 PM
This is the problem with not just the library but the whole downtown area of Waukesha. As a parent I wouldn't let my teens alone downtown. Downtown will never be the kind of place that really attracts business and patrons, especially families, until it gets cleaned up of these boarding houses.
jojobo1 June 27, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Some of you people are the problem.I have never had to live in a boarding house but I know others who had no choice because of Job Loss.underemployment,until they could save enough for an apartment or get a roommate..I will agree that there may be some sexual predators but you are very wrong to cast all under one big umbrella.Would you like the same to be done to you?????
Sunnie June 28, 2012 at 03:28 AM
With my job I meet and talk with a lot of "those" people as you all say who live in the boarding houses. They are not scum, some of them have the biggest hearts and do their best to get by. It's because of people like YOU who judge them, they can't get a "real" or "better" job. It's because of people judging those (not just those in the boarding houses) with a not so perfect past that they can't move on. Stop judging and help your fellow human being and we will live in a better place. You don't know their past or situation. You would not like it if it were your loved on being judged in that situation.


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