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Irondequoit Holds Another Meeting About Library Plans

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Rochester: Irondequoit Holds Another Meeting About Library Plans
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Residents in Irondequoit had another chance to ask questions before next month's re-vote on the proposal to build a new central library.

A referendum passed back in April, but a petition was filed asking for a new referendum. The town agreed and now the future of the library will be on the ballot again. This was the 22nd public information meeting about this project.

In April, about 3,600 people voted yes for a new library here at town hall campus, about 2,000 voted no, but that petition regarding environmental concerns has this back for another vote Dec. 14.

Irondequoit residents are being asked to decide on whether or not to authorize a bond not to exceed $13 million for the construction of a new central library.

Right now, the town has two small libraries about three miles apart. Both are in need of renovation and more space. The town says neither location has been updated since 1985 and that they are not eligible for state grants.

Voters agreed in April, but an environmental petition challenged the town. The town attorney said all necessary requirements were completed, but instead of dragging this
through court, the town agreed to a re-vote.

"Well, we didn't think we would be here right now," said Stephanie Squicciarini, Irondequoit Library Board president. "We thought we would be designing the library instead of preparing for another vote. But, we are committed to the voices we heard in April and we are making sure we are going everything we can to re-educate people about the proposal and making sure it clear that nothing really has changed since they voted in April."

Tuesday's meeting was another chance for residents to ask questions about the project, the money, parking and other concerns. Irondequoit resident Richard Barone led the petition that questioned the original vote process in April.

"It is not that I don't want to help the library, I want to see the library improve. Fix them up and make them convenient for the kids. It is another option and it's too bad we didn't have two options on the ballot," said Barone.

One last public meeting will be held Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at town hall. The library re-vote will be Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Christ the King on Kings Highway.

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