Now that everyone has settled down from the special election that determined the fate of the Pierson Library, several questions seem appropriate in view of the upcoming Town Meeting Day and the new budget and tax rates.
After reading the article in the Shelburne News, 14 December 2017, regarding the so-called “local business – friendly elements of the new building” one wonders if there is room for the library?
Will the children’s library, which is currently housed in the basement of the former Town Hall, have adequate and appropriate space in the new facility?
Apparently planning for the relocation of the library from its current location from the time the building will be demolished until opening the new library facility had not been done as of mid-December. Anyone familiar with construction of this sort or relocation of an activity includes the phasing of relocation of any project early in the planning process.
Finally, what was the cost of the special election not only in dollars and cents but also time in preparation by town employees, volunteers and visits to long-term care facilities? Why couldn’t the voting regarding the library project have been postponed and included in the 2018 March election, a period of only four additional months? The decision to have the election earlier than the March election smacks of nepotism and political favoritism.
Carroll A. “Bud” Ockert