City Council supports library grant proposal
By Joan F. Simoneau, Community Reporter
Marlborough – The City Council endorsed a request from the Marlborough Public Library Board of Trustees to apply for grant funds from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners for a feasibility and planning study for the renovation or new construction of a public library facility.
Speaking strongly in opposition at the May 5 council meeting was Councilor Joe Delano who had been seeking a spending plan from Mayor Arthur Vigeant before committing to the proposal. He maintains school renovation is of primary concern and should be a priority.
Councilors Michael Ossing and Mark Oram were among those pushing for approval, stating that the support for the study does not commit funds.
“No funds are required. We are just supporting a request from the Board of Trustees and when a $25,000 request comes before us we will have a chance to vote on it then,” Ossing said.
“We don’t want this to become a political football,” said Council President Patricia Pope, speaking in favor.
In other business, councilors approved the following appointments and reappointments proposed by the mayor: Karin Jost-Paquin, Alan White, David Williams and Dennis Demers to the Conservation Commission; Paul Giunta, Theodore Scott and Ralph Lotfin to the Zoning Board of Appeals; Connie Mish to the Youth Commission; and Elizabeth Evangelous to the Board of Registrars.
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