|

Library trustees ask for support for project

Opinion-icon-for-website[1]To the Editor:

Shrewsbury's Public Library has reached a critical point. As the intellectual heart of our community, the library has been a vibrant resource for the people of Shrewsbury. ?Aging infrastructure and continued water infiltration issues have resulted in a serious situation that must now be addressed.

The current facility is inadequate in size and resources. ?Repair work to address the infrastructure and ADA code requirements is estimated at $12.8M and would result in a smaller library with less usable space and limited parking.? These repair costs are not eligible for the state grant reimbursement.

By moving ahead with a renovation and expansion project, a guaranteed $7.9M state grant coupled with significant private fundraising dollars covers 41 % of the project costs, leaving the town to fund the remaining $13.6M through a debt exclusion. ?The grant is time sensitive and awarded for this project only.? It cannot be used for a repair plan or a smaller library!

The Library Board of Trustees supports the renovation and expansion project as the most cost effective solution to the problem.? It will provide taxpayers with a new, up-to-date library to meet the needs of our community for decades.

The Library Board of Trustees urges you to vote YES for the Library Project on November 5th to accept the grant monies and make our new library a reality.

Sincerely,

Shrewsbury Library Board of Trustees

Laurie Hogan, Chair?????????????? Kevin McKenna????????????????????????????????? Carl Larsen

Joan Barry, Vice-Chair????????? Beth Casavant???????????????????????????????????? Frances Whitney

Nancy Gilbert, Secretary?????? Frank Stille????????????????????????????????????????? Jack Avis

 

 

Short URL: http://www.communityadvocate.com/?p=41904

Posted by on Oct 31 2013. Filed under Byline Stories, Letters to the Editor. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

Please complete this math problem before clicking Submit * Time limit is exhausted. Please reload the CAPTCHA.

Recently Commented

  • Jennifer Owen: In these troubling times, it is so wonderful to hear a story like this, in our own community no less....
  • Reli Abilities: Yet the Town of Northborough removed the Accessible Route for individuals who are disabled into the...
  • Ken: Daniel Wesson was also co-founder of the Smith and Wesson Revolver Company in 1856, later Smith and Wesson...
  • Jim Pillsbury: What is it about democracy and the rule of law that Ian Johnson doesn’t get? The gutless leaders...
  • Terry: As a town resident who rides by this development twice a day it nice to see how it is taking shape. I feel...