Flower Library Board Fights Back Against Plan To Cut Hours

Flower Library Board Fights Back Against Plan To Cut Hours

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The Flower Memorial Library Board of Trustees is pushing back against a proposal to cut hours at the Watertown library.

The proposed city budget calls for the closure of the library on Sundays and Thursday evenings.

Board President Keith Caughlin said the trustees sent a letter to city council asking for full staffing to keep the library open seven days a week.

Caughlin said on average, 200 people use the library on Sundays and 78 visit on Thursday evenings.

He said it's important to keep those hours so everyone has access to the library's services.

Eliminating a part-time position would save the city $20,000, which Caughlin said is not a lot of money for the city.

He said trustees will be speaking out during Monday night's city council meeting.

During budget deliberations, lawmakers informally agreed to cut hours at the library to save money.

City Manager Sharon Addison said she continues to support closing the library on Sundays and Thursday evenings because those are the times when the library is least frequented.

She also said the $20,000 cost of a part-time position is an annual recurring expense, which adds up.

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