Independent group should oversee getting a new library built
● By ACL
Letter to the Editor:
Two decades ago, the Bayard Taylor Memorial Library Board announced the need for a new library facility. This facility still does not exist, and apparently will not be available for at least another decade. The library boards over the years have made decisions and proposals that the community simply does not support.
The community rejected the board's current suggestion to use the Waywood Road site about a decade ago. The board also rejected its own plan over a year ago when they put the property up for sale. The board's slow evaluation of possible sites has resulted in those other sites being developed for other purposes.
I do not believe that the board is capable of providing the community with a new library facility. The board members apparently do not have the skills or ability to plan, finance, and build a new library.
I would suggest that an independent group be formed and charged with providing a new library within five to ten years. This group could have two non-Bayard Taylor Memorial Library representatives from each municipality the library claims to serve, two Bayard Taylor Memorial Library board members, and maybe two or three members appointed by the independent group once it is formed.
I am confident that the community could have a new library facility within the next decade.