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Voters in Irondequoit Approve New Library

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Rochester: Voters in Irondequoit Approve New Library
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Residents in Irondequoit took to the polls again on Saturday to vote for a proposal to bring a new library. And for the second time they voted for the project to begin.

"The results again were overwhelming. They were two to one just like they were in April so the community once again that they resoundingly they want this library," said Stephanie Squicciarini, Irondequoit Public Library Board of Trustees President.

Residents had to decide if Irodequoit's two current libraries should be combined into a new state of the art library next to town hall.

"It's important for us to be able to bring together our resources so we are not struggling with our budget each year, we are not struggling with failing facilities and it really could bring the town together," said Squicciarini

In April, voters approved a plan for the new library but those plans were stalled. Richard Barone filed a lawsuit against the town. He claims it made several violations including failure to conduct a legal environmental study.

"Instead of dragging out that suit into a long and costly legal battle the board addressed all the issues, the suit was discontinued and they passed the bond resolution," said Squicciarini.

This was the original drawing plan for the library, but Squicciarini says they decided to change these plans to make it smaller, maintain some green space and add more parking. Many residents at Saturday's vote felt this new library is important for the community.

"I voted for the library today. I think its a great investment in the community and for the children," said Brad Dileo, voter.

"I voted for it because its a good thing to have all the town together in one spots," said Robert Simmons, voter.

But not everyone felt the library is a good idea.

"I voted against it. The technology is passing us by before you can blink an eye. my step daughter does her homework on her phone. Why do we need a new library. If the town hasn't kept up the other two. Why should we put money into a new one," said Jack Allen, voter.

Squicciarini says they have already narrowed down some choices for architects and they are hoping to break ground by Spring 2014.

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