About a month ago, our town began it's annual budget process. The Town Manager gives his budget, then a public hearing, then the Town Council gives their budget, and a public hearing - then hocus pocus - we get a budget and a mill rate.
The first public hearing was on March 15, 2010. The word got out in advance that the Library had to cut their budget by $28,000 and with a bit of give and take ended up with a proposal to close the library during the summer months on weekends and eliminate all Sundays during the year. That is just wrong!
The Friends of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library went into action. They met with patrons and residents for the few days before the hearing. On that night - over 50 individuals showed up, 18 spoke onbehalf of the Library.
To see the public hearing - and your's truly at 14:45 on the time line, go to our public TV Station - http://www.nctv.org/ - look here - on the left column click on "OnLine Video" then scroll down to Archives and select the Newington Town Council Public Hearing March 15, 2010.
We may know in a day or two if the $$'s are restored!