During last night’s (Tuesday July 29) Fannin County Commissioners meeting, the only new business on the agenda entitled: “Discuss Emergency Funding for the Library” was addressed.
Ron Bolin, President of the Fannin County Library Board of Trustees, was there on the library’s behalf to enlighten the commissioners on the shortfall of funds.
Bolin let the commissioners know that to fully fund the library to 48 hours from now until December 31, roughly $20,000 would need to be added to the budget. To maintain the current 38 hour a week, the library would need $13,000.
Bolin pleaded his case letting the board know that without additional funds the library would be cut to a mere 24 hour week. If this were the case, the library would be reclassified as a "service outlet" instead of a “branch library.”
After some comments from other concerned citizens, Post Commissioner Larry Joe Sosebee took to the microphone to give his opinion.
“I’ve got grandchildren that use this library. I think its a good thing to fund this until the end of the year. We need it. Our kids need it.”
Post Commissioner Earl Johnson voiced his concern about where would the money would come from. After learning that there was enough money in the General Fund to cover the cost he said:
“I met with Clare and after talking with her I feel we need to keep the library open. Clare has made the library blossom from what it used to be.”
After the public and post commissioners stated their opinions, Chairman Bill Simonds took his turn. He expressed past concerns about management of the library and said he was glad that the library had addressed those issues.
He would go on stating that the library does need to stay open. Following his comments he made a motion to fully fund the library back to a 48 week. Sosebee quickly seconded the motion with a unanimous vote.
Bolin got up from the audience and said, “On behalf of the library and the community we sincerely thank you.”
I applaud the fact that the commissioners are being more supportive of the library, but the comments about past management is a low blow. My wife spent 25 years pouring herself into her job. All she ever did was advocate for the library and was met with resistance at every turn. Nobody and I mean NOBODY has ever proved that she mismanaged the library/libraries in any shape, form or fashion. If Clair can do a better job, well more power to her, but you don't need to be insulting to my wife. It's un-called for!
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