Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Keep the Troy Public Library Open: Council Members Told to "Figure It Out"
City to keep Troy library open past May 1. (Detroit News, 4/19/2011)
Excerpt: City officials agreed last night to spare the public library, slated for closure May 1, despite a budget shortfall next year and cuts to other city services.
Some 300 residents attended last night's City Council meeting, Councilman Martin Howrylak said, and delivered a clear message to the city: "Figure it out."
Voters indicated in a recent survey fielded March 29 to April 3 by a third-party firm hired by the city that the library is a top priority. The survey results were revealed at the meeting.
City Manager John Szerlag agreed to continue operating the library, funded through June 30, after a commitment last night from City Council to work through the budget issues. Library administration had set the May 1 public closure date to allow staffers two months to inventory the collection.
Voters twice rejected millage proposals last year that would have funded library operations.
May Day! May Day! Two Michigan libraries set to close on May 1. (4/17/2011)
Library to close on May 1. (2/23/2011)
Troy Michigan (population: 80,000) still on track to close its library. (2/8/2011)
Voters wave bye-bye to their library. (11/3/2010)
Giving voters more choices than they need. (8/13/2010)
Library threatened with closure, part 2. (5/19/2010)
Library threatened with closure, part 1. (4/25/2010)