Board proposes plan for library memberships

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SABATTUS – Residents may soon be able to have Lewiston Public Library membership for half price.

Last week, selectmen unanimously agreed to draft an article for the town warrant asking taxpayers to raise and appropriate $4,000 to pay half the cost of Lewiston library membership for interested residents. The issue was brought up earlier this month by residents concerned about the lack of a town library.

Town officials contacted Lewiston library Director Richard Speer in hopes of getting an agreement.

The library proposed a fee of $15,000 so all households in Sabattus could have memberships for a year.

Selectmen said that was too much money so they decided to issue an article asking for money to cover half the fee for more than 200 households in Sabattus. With proof of a library membership card and receipt, the town would reimburse $20 of the $40 membership fee.

“If we overdraft that’s a good thing,” selectmen’s Chairman Guy Desjardins said during last week’s meeting. “That simply means our town is using it.”

Selectmen agreed that any money not used will be put into general surplus at the end of the year.

“Right now, we just have to get it out in the open so townspeople can decide,” Desjardins said.

In other business, Suzanne Adams was sworn in Tuesday night as town clerk. She was deputy town clerk.

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