As a trustee of the Falmouth Memorial Library, I want to express my sincere appreciation to the Town Council for its continued movement forward toward a single referendum question concerning the community facilities project. Although the Town Council is made up of differing perspectives and opinions, its ability reach consensus should be recognized.
The referendum question would allow Falmouth residents to vote on expanding their library near a newly created community center at the Lunt/Plummer-Motz site. The council is working on ways to complete the project without raising taxes. The Town Council and the library trustees unanimously agreed upon the need for a library expansion.
When I first joined the library board, I was a strong proponent of expanding the library at its present location. But after learning of multiple, prohibitive limitations towards expanding at the current site, I came to the understanding that this was not a prudent option. Subsequently, the board voted unanimously to move from our present location. Our decision was based on detailed reports provided by library specialists, architects and a structural engineer.
I encourage the council to vote for a single referendum question for the June election. An expanded library can be an intellectual gathering place as well as provide the quality services the residents of Falmouth need.