To the editor,
In response to Eileen Thomas’s letter of June 22, there are so many clarifications needed to be made that I can’t even begin to address them here.
All pertinent info—including a petition to support keeping the original 1913 Library building while building the new library—is available at the New Canaan Preservation Alliance website.
It is important to note that:
1) Those of us in support of our 1913 library are not against the new library build and we are not asking to delay it. We are asking for the 1913 Library to be put in the town’s MOU in order for us to develop a workable plan to reuse 1913 so that it is self-sustaining and useful for another 100 years, and
2) It’s hard to understand how a vote of this impact to the town and the taxpayers could even be considered without a) due diligence on the part of the town b) an operating plan and budget that illustrates the current and future costs associated with the construction (and any potential overruns) of the new library, and full transparency around the ongoing commitments from the town to support an operating budget that includes the additional overhead costs that go with a larger facility.
So, to Ms. Thomas, many of us in support of retaining and repurposing our 1913 library building are hoping to come together to work with the library to find a way forward. So far our outreach efforts to the library board over several months have been ignored.