Library Volunteer Says “Vote No” on Tuesday

Library Volunteer Says “Vote No” on Tuesday

Editor’s Note: The following is a Letter to the Editor, sent in by Bethel resident Win Brickmeier, library volunteer, regarding the demolition of  the Old Town Hall. Those who oppose razing Old Town Hall in order to complete the library have obtained enough signatures to force a referendum. The referendum will be held on Tuesday, July 17th. A “NO” vote means you want the building to be demolished so the library can be completed. A “YES” vote means you want the Old Town Hall to be preserved so the town can sell it and/or use for other purposes. The opinions expressed in the Letters to the Editor column are the viewpoint of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of Bethel Buzz or its editor. To read more Letters to the Editor regarding this issue click here.

Vote NO in the Bethel 7-17-12 Referendum

I rarely write a letter to the editor.  The referendum situation in Bethel is somewhat complex, because in order to help our Bethel Library renovation continue, we need to vote NO on Tuesday, July 17.   The Board of Selectmen was unanimous in their May 30 decision that the derelict former town hall would be taken down in order to create some space for the required parking spaces for the expanded library. Voting NO would be a vote not to overturn the selectmen’s decision.  Bethel has a grant that will cover the cost of the demolition.  To bring the building up to code would cost a tremendous amount of money.   A delay would mean that some of the grants the library is eligible for may run out.

Friends and supporters of the Bethel Public Library have worked since 2005 to put together the money required to complete the second floor of the library, so we can see it in action.  We met our financial goal early this year.

The idea of having the town voters make the decision is a good.  I have never voted NO on a referendum.   This is the first time I will vote NO, in order to support the demolition of the old town hall.  We need to get the library renovation on the road, so we can see the second floor of the library in our lifetime.

~Win Brickmeier, Bethel, CT.

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