The John Jermain Memorial Library (JJML) budget vote and trustee election went off without a hitch last Thursday night with 88 percent of the 187 voters who turned out for the election choosing to support the library’s proposed 2013 spending plan of $2,158,915.
According to JJML Director Catherine Creedon, 163 residents of the library district, which is comprised of residents within the boundaries of the Sag Harbor School District, supported the 2013 spending plan with 24 residents voting against the library budget.
Most of the ballots cast against the library budget, said Creedon, were cast via absentee ballot.
Incumbent board member Michael Garabedian was easily elected to his second, three-year term on the board with 172 votes. Former board member Craig Rhodes, who was ousted in last year’s trustee election, was also elected to his second term on the library board with 179 votes.
According to Creedon, there were no write in ballots this election, a first in JJML history.
“The board, the staff and I are very grateful for the community’s continued support, as this vote secures the funds for our services to the community,” said Creedon. “As excited as we are about the building restoration and expansion project, we know that the real measure of a library lies in the day-to-day exchange of information and ideas.”
The library is in the midst of an expansion of its Main Street building and is temporarily located on Long Island Avenue in Sag Harbor.
On Saturday, Bridgehampton’s Hampton Library also had a successful budget vote and trustee election.
“I am very happy to report the budget passed and Harvey Loomis has been elected to represent the residents of Sagaponack on the board of trustees,” said library director Kelly Harris in a statement issued after the budget vote. “I would like to thank everyone who came out to vote on Saturday, the volunteers who watched the polls, the library staff and the Bridgehampton District Clerk for making sure everything ran smoothly.”
The library’s $1,524,400 million budget was approved in Bridgehampton, 35-5. Sagaponack votes approved the budget, 21-2.
Sagaponack voters unanimously elected Loomis, who ran in an uncontested race.