Library repair vote passes Town Meeting


Library repair vote passes Town Meeting
This drone photo shows the Westborough Public Library. (Photo/Tami White)

WESTBOROUGH — A request from the Westborough Public Library to fund the first step toward a repair project was approved at Annual Town Meeting on Saturday, March 25.

Article 12, a request to appropriate $360,459 to fund a building study and design costs, passed by a vote of 239-46, more than the two-thirds majority required.

Members of the Library Building Committee, and the Board of Library Trustees, have emphasized that the project would be for repairs, not for renovation or expansion.

The study will help “get us a complete picture” of what needs to be done, said Bob Petrucelli of the Library Building Committee.

At the top of the list — fixing the roof and windows.

The study would also take a closer look at the 1980 addition; in the previous plans, the addition would have been torn down, but it will now be incorporated.

Several residents spoke in favor of the project. One said, “It’s embarrassing not to have a library that’s accessible to all people.”

Last December, the town defeated a Special Town Meeting article to fund nearly $36 million toward a renovation/expansion project.

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