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Funds sought from Board of Selectmen

Shrewsbury – Renovation, restoration and requests for funds to do so were the hot topics at the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen meeting April 26.

Members of a committee who want to replace the World War I monument in front of Beal Elementary School went before the board to request approval to go forth with the project. The commit- tee, consisting mostly of veterans, has been working together on the eff ort since 2006 and originally intended to renovate the existing monument. The monument, however, was determined to be in such disrepair it was beyond restoration. The committee now wishes to replace it with a new memorial at a cost of approximately $120,000.

The board moved to support the entire process for restoration. An unveiling of the new monument is anticipated for Veterans Day 2011.

Later in the evening, Library Director Ellen Dolan and Library Trustees Vice Chair Laurie Hogan went before the board to request an article that would allocate funds for design and study work to update renovation plans for the public library. The library representatives also asked for a warrant to establish a librarybuilding committee.

Dolan noted funds were needed to update design plans originally created in 2004, when eff orts to undertake a renovation to the library were first launched. An update to those plans is now necessary in order to take advantage of “new technology available and respond to harsher budget times,” Dolan said. Dolan also told the board the cost to update the existing plans would be approximately $40,000 – $20,000 of which will come from state aid funds. Another $20,000 will be requested at a special Town Meeting, for which the board called a motion to hold.

The Library Board of Trustees held two public forums earlier this month to get feedback on the proposed library-renovation project. The sessions, aimed at gathering community input about how the library can be changed and improved, were a “mixed-bag” of attendance according to Dolan. The first session, an invitationonly session, was well attended. A second, open forum did not have high attendance, she said. However, she noted a survey sent out to the community has garnered good response. Over 500 surveys were returned.

“There are some of the real basic questions about what is the role of the library,” she said. “And there appear to be some clear elements emerging. Also that people still see the validity of a public library. Overwhelmingly, people have responded they are seeing the need for the library.”

The board ultimately moved to approve both requests for an article to allocate funds for redesign, as well as the warrant to establish the new library building committee.

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