Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Charlotte Mecklenburg Libraries' Interlocal Cooperation Pact

Link to June 22 Charlotte Observer article, "Mecklenburg's towns chip in; libraries to stay open".

Unfortunately, it's the only piece of good news -- as you'll read.

Excerpt:   The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library says it has received enough help from the county’s towns and from the City of Charlotte to keep its remaining 20 branches open during the coming fiscal year.

The library says the libraries will be open under shortened hours, but it is establishing geographic “pods” to maximize the operating hours of branches in various regions of Mecklenburg County.

However, library officials say they still will have to lay off 66 employees – or 18 percent of the remaining staff. That comes on top of 120 layoffs in April.

In addition, library officials say they will convene a citizen task force to help develop an operating “model” for the future

Here's the tally.

Cornelius: $175,000 contribution.

Davidson: Forgiveness of a $37,000 lease payment, and solicitation of donations estimated to be $175,000.

Huntersville: No direct financial contribution, but in-kind contributions such as programs, cross-promotion, and police presence in and around the North County Regional Library.

Matthews: Restructuring a lease to defer the current payment of $205,000 to 2018.

Mint Hill: $175,000 contribution.

Pineville: No contribution. There is no library branch in Pineville.

Related articles:
Three branches close.  (6/19/2010)
Town of Mint Hill perspective.  (6/18/2010)
Five towns tentatively OK $730,000 for libraries.  (6/18/2010)
Carmel, two other branches to close.  (6/16/2010)
Now that the ax has fallen.  (6/16/2010)
Commissioners to vote on budget today.  (6/15/2010)
Charlotte Mecklenburg Libraries:  It's complicated.  (6/9/2010)
Mayor wins straw vote at emotional council meeting.  (6/7/2010)
Editorial:  Should city 'stay in its lane' on libraries.  (6/4/2010)
County commissioners restore some cuts to libraries.  (6/4/2010)
Straw votes begin on Mecklinburg County budget.  (6/3/2010)
Charlotte Mecklenburg Libraries continue to look for one-time financial help.  (5/31/2010)
High school junior speaks out eloquently for libraries.  (5/30/2010)
Mayor Foxx on the art of governing.  (5/30/2010)
Mayor supports financial help for library.  (5/27/2010)
County budget:  Oh, yeah, this is fair.  (5/25/2010)
Bailout proposal not gaining traction.  (5/23/2010)
Library trustees vote to close 4 branches.  (5/20/2010)
Mecklenburg County tightens its belt.  (5/20/2010)
County manager cuts $14.7 million from library budget.  (5/18/2010)
2010-11 Mecklenburg County budget to be unveiled today.  (5/18/2010)
North Carolina woman plans on "going straight to the top" to keep Charlotte libraries open.  (5/16/2010)
Charlotte Mecklenburg officials ask local municipalities for $3 million contribution.  (4/30/2010Library Board chair speaks out.  (4/25/2010)
County commissioners seek ways to ease library cuts.  (4/23/2010)
Mecklenburg County needs to reduce $85-90 million deficit.  (4/16/2010)
County manager takes library board to task.  (4/10/2010)
Libraries now open fewer hours.  (4/6/2010)
"Save Our Libraries Sunday".  (3/29/2010)
Charlotte Mecklenburg users owe average of 55 cents in fines.  (3/27/2010)
Library announces new hours for branches.  (3/26/2010)
Library Board applies a Band-Aid to its bleeding system.  (3/25/2010)
Follow-up on Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Board vote.  (3/25/2010)
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Board votes to keep all branches open.  (3/24/2010)
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Board presented with 2 budget-cutting alternatives.  (3/24/2010)
More and bigger cuts looming on horizon. (3/23/2010)
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library System Rethinks Closings. (3/22/2010)
A New Day is Dawning in Charlotte/Mecklenburg County. (3/21/2010)

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