CONWAY MEETING FOCUS ON LIBRARY, POLICE, LANDFILL ISSUES

by Christian Mower on March 6, 2013

ABOUT 130 PEOPLE SHOWED UP MONDAY NIGHT AT CONWAY’S KENNETT HIGH SCHOOL FOR A DELIBERATIVE MEETING THAT LASTED ABOUT FOUR AND A HALF HOURS. ATTENDEES CONSIDERED AMENDING 33 OF THE 35 WARRANT ARTICLES CONWAY VOTERS WILL CONSIDER NEXT MONTH.

CONWAY PUBLIC LIBRARY TRUSTEE TED SARES CONCEDED THE EFFORT TO INCREASE THE LIBRARY’S BUDGET AFTER VOTERS AT THE MEETING REJECTED TWO SEPARATE REQUESTS TO RESTORE UP TO 12-THOUSAND DOLLARS BY SIMILAR VOTES OF ABOUT 65-44.

THE REQUESTED AMOUNTS WERE OSTENSIBLY TO COVER SEVERANCE COSTS FOR FORMER LIBRARY DIRECTOR TARA THOMAS, WHO LEFT IN 2012 AFTER A BOTCHED REORGANIZATION EFFORT AT THE LIBRARY. THE LIBRARY’S BUDGET OF JUST MORE THAN $465,000 IS INCLUDED IN CONWAY’S PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET OF ABOUT $9,687,000.

ONLY TWO ARTICLES WERE ACTUALLY CHANGED AT THE MEETING – ARTICLE 9, WHERE THE AMOUNT TO BE PUT ASIDE BY THE TOWN FOR FUTURE LANDFILL EXPANSION WAS REDUCED FROM THE PROPOSED $50,000 TO ONE DOLLAR – AND ARTICLE 25, THAT REQUESTS CONWAY CONTRIBUTE $3,000 TO THE BLUE LOON BUS SYSTEM – THAT WORDING WAS CHANGED TO CARROLL COUNTY TRANSIT’S “PUBLIC” TRANSPORTATION INSTEAD OF “SENIOR” TRANSPORTATION.

THE REMAINING ARTICLES WERE LEFT “AS WRITTEN.”

PROPOSED INCREASES TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT’S BUDGET WERE ALSO DISCUSSED.
CONWAY VOTERS GO TO THE POLLS FOR FINAL VOTING APRIL 9, 2013.

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