The people of New Hartford have spoken. The negative Library vote was not about the proposed re-chartering budget which was intended to both make up for lost ground and to provide for the future. Residents simply do not want a library, at least not one they have to pay for. They do not want trash pickup either. If they did, they would have it. They have no interest in paying for the things that make a community clean, vibrant and attractive to home buyers and investors. We are in a downward spiral, using the slow economy for an excuse to put our ostrich heads in the sand when in fact we should be doing just the opposite, investing in added services and local promotion. Nothing ventured nothing gained.
The bulleted items in OD's "Our View" editorial of August 27 are devoid of any concrete suggestions and illustrate a complete lack of understanding of what it takes to run a library.. For example, there are only five full time employees at the library. All other employees found at the library are part time or volunteers. What more strategic use of part timers is the OD talking about? And there is a suggestion for a more realistic budget. A realistic budget is what was presented to the voters with the hope that they would want to maintain a quality library. Does the OD staff really believe that none of these things have been previously pondered by the board members and library employees. And who is going to do the work inherent in the ODs suggestions? Board members and other volunteers are unpaid and have families and careers to attend to.
For those of you who use the library and understand its importance to the community, you need to stand up and be counted. You have to attend the board meetings and voice your opinion. You must write letters to the OD and local politicians. I can tell you that the library is in real danger of vanishing. to nothingness.
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