No Cuts To Flower Library Hours, Lawmakers Decide

No Cuts To Flower Library Hours, Lawmakers Decide

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Watertown city lawmakers decided Tuesday night to not cut hours at Flower Memorial Library.

That's after library trustees made their case to not cut hours on Thursday nights and on Sunday as proposed for the 2017-2018 city budget.

Cutting hours would have saved about $20,000. 

Mayor Joe Butler asked library trustees to keep an eye on when people actually use the library.

"If there's 200 people on Sundays, but they're only using it for the first two hours of when it was open, then I'm not sure we should be open those other hours."

"If it doesn't make sense to open for a certain period of time, we would have no problem in determining that our hours should be different," library board president Keith Caughlin said.

The Thompson Park pool, the Thompson Park zoo, and water department's budget were also discussed at Tuesday night's budget work session. 

The city council will meet Monday to go over some final changes to the proposed budget.

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