Statement before the††††††††††††††† Glenn A. Walsh
††††† Council of
††† Displacement of††††††††† Telephone: 412-561-7876
†Historic Carnegie Free† Electronic Mail: < firstname.lastname@example.org >
†Library of Allegheny†††† Internet Web Site: < http://www.andrewcarnegie.cc >
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2006 September 19
Good morning. I am Glenn A.
Last Thursday, the URA Board approved conveyance of land to Carnegie Library, which will allow the Library to abandon the nationís first publicly-funded Carnegie Library building in the neighborhood where Andrew Carnegie grew-up. Despite the pleas of several citizens to reconsider the proposed action, the URA Board did not even comment on the citizensí complaints. It is obvious that the URA Board members had already made up their minds before the meeting began!
It did not seem to matter to the
URA Board members that the Carnegie Library decision had been made in a process
closed to most citizens of
So, a non-elected Board and management of a taxpayer funded agency,
Carnegie Library, consulted, and I
use the term advisedly, with members of
non-elected community organizations,
to have a decision approved by a
non-elected authority only two weeks after the public announcement of this
decision.† Is this what has become of
democracy in the City of
And, when I say that Carnegie Library consulted with the community organization members, it seems that they really simply informed these select individuals of a decision Carnegie Library already made.
Three years ago, the same thing happened in Hazelwood. In this case there was a neighborhood meeting. However, at the meeting the Library Director at that time went back on a promise he had made to the RAD Board, just weeks earlier, that he would truly consult with the people at the neighborhood meeting before a final decision would be made to abandon the historic Hazelwood Library and Auditorium. At the neighborhood meeting, the Library Director simply stated that the decision to abandon the historic building had already been made.
You are the elected
representatives of the people of