Statement before the Glenn A. Walsh
Board of Directors,
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2005 October 3
Good evening, I am Glenn A. Walsh of
At the present time, the
Fortunately, meetings are occurring that may prevent
this closure; I attended one such meeting September 22. Mr. Donahoe also
attended this meeting, as did County Councilman Edward Kress, representatives
from the offices of State Senator Jim Ferlo and State Representative Frank
Pistella, the Sharpsburg Mayor and most of Sharpsburg Council, and two members
of the Fox Chapel School Board. Notably absent
from this meeting was any representative from the
I want to thank Mr. Pierchalski for asking the
Certainly, there are many local issues involved in the operation of a local library. However, when the Regional Asset District spends nearly $24 million each year on county libraries, the potential closing of a public library should be a great concern to this Board.
And, ACLA, which heralds themselves as a “federated county library system,” should be proactive in efforts to keep libraries open and held accountable when a library closes. Of course, the primary way to hold ACLA accountable is with money.
The Regional Asset District should adopt a policy that if a public library closes, the annual RAD subsidy to ACLA is reduced by a certain percentage. Why should taxpayer funds to this “federated county library system” increase, or even stay the same, if a community loses their library? If there are fewer libraries for ACLA to fund, ACLA should not be distributing the same amount of money as when they had more libraries to fund.
Such a policy would serve as an incentive for ACLA to be proactive in efforts to keep libraries open to the public!
Thank you. gaw