Statement before Glenn A. Walsh
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2003 November 10
Good morning. I am Glenn A.
Last Wednesday, you heard from the people of the City of Pittsburgh, particularly those living in the neighborhood of Hazelwood, that they want to keep their library in the 103-year-old Andrew Carnegie-built building on Monongahela Street, and that they want that wonderful and historic building to be kept open and Free to the People, as is inscribed above the Library entrance.
The historic Hazelwood Branch
Library building is owned by the City of
Yes, at last week’s hearing, you did hear from a few people who support moving the Library. These people were primarily from one organization, the Hazelwood Initiative, which does not represent the interests of the entire neighborhood. Indeed, two other neighborhood organizations, Greater Hazelwood Development, Inc. and the Glen Hazel Citizens Association/CDC are vehemently opposed to moving the Library. And, as you heard, the majority of speakers at the hearing, also, opposed moving the Library.
So, we have now had two public meetings, widely publicized and open to everyone: the neighborhood meeting of September 9 and the public hearing of November 5. At both meetings, the result was the same: the majority of attendees oppose moving the Library.
Yet, there is no indication
that Carnegie Library will even reconsider their plans to move the Library!
Indeed, according to the November 5
Operation of Carnegie Library is paid for, almost exclusively, by County and State taxpayers. But, the officials of Carnegie Library are now ignoring the wishes of these taxpayers! What good is City Council representation, for City residents, if public funding is provided to a private organization, which then ignores the wishes of City residents?
Unfortunately, Mr. Sciulli, the district representative for Hazelwood, does not serve on the Carnegie Library Board of Trustees.
Mr. Ricciardi, Ms. Burns, Mr. Motznik, Mr. Peduto, Mr. Udin. You do serve on the Carnegie Library Board of Trustees. The residents of Hazelwood need your help in this matter. I ask that you use your influence, as Carnegie Library Board members, to impress upon Library officials that they cannot ignore the wishes of the taxpayers that pay for Carnegie Library. And, as the majority of Hazelwood residents oppose the proposed Library move, Carnegie Library’s plans to abandon the historic Hazelwood Library building should be cancelled.