Friday, April 16, 1999
Town approves override for library expansion
Following a Special Town Meeting vote April 7 to bond $1,489,067 for renovation and expansion of the Gleason Public Library, Carlisle voters went to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether to exempt this funding from the limits of Proposition 2-1/2. By a majority of 509 to 103, the town voted for the override and gave the library building subcommittee the go-ahead to finance the project and accept the $919,388 Massachusetts Public Library Construction grant which was awarded to the town.
It is interesting to note that while there were only eight negative votes registered at the Town Meeting, 103 voters came to the polls to say no to the project.
The final tally
As the final votes were tallied on Tuesday evening, library trustees Mary Cheever and Teresa Kvietkauvas and library building committee chair Sally Swift waited in the Town Hall vestibule for the final results to be announced. When it was clear that the override had passed, there was jubilation all around. "The tremendous team effort paid off," exclaimed Swift. Thinking ahead, Swift mentioned the paperwork that needed to be done, which included notifying the state that the grant had been accepted, awarding the contract to the builder, and readying the site for construction.
"We are gratified by the support of the town. More hard work is to come," agreed Cheever. "We are pleased so many people turned out for a one issue vote," added Kvietkauvas.
Later on at the library, after learning that the override had passed, library director Ellen Rauch reflected, "I'm really looking forward to this project. A lot of work has been put into it so far. It's great! My fingers were crossed most of the evening."
April 14—May 10: Preparation of Carlisle Institute wiring, cabling, telephone lines
April 14—April 21:Staff sorting and packing at library
April 17, 5 p.m.: Gleason Public Library closed
April 21—28: Commercial moving
April 28—May 10: Staff unpacking, telecommunications and computer installations
May 10: Target date for reopening at 872 Westford Street
Items borrowed from the Gleason Public Library collections will have their due dates extended to June 1. Patrons may either return these items to the GPL book return before May 10 or to the Carlisle Institute after May 10.
Items from other libraries borrowed through inter-library loan will not have extended due dates and should be returned to the Gleason Public Library until May 10, and to the Carlisle Institute beginning May 10.
Patrons who have booked museum passes for dates during the period from April 17 through May 10 will be contacted for pickup and return arrangements.
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