John Jermain Memorial Library (JJML) director Catherine Creedon counts ballots Tuesday night.
By Kathryn G. Menu
It may have been Banned Book week, but voters who turned out Tuesday to vote in the John Jermain Memorial Library budget vote and trustee election supported the library’s budget by an overwhelming majority.
One hundred and sixty five votes were cast in favor of the 2014 budget, a $2,288,445 spending plan, which includes $905,000 to cover debt service on the cost of the library’s restoration and expansion at its Main Street facility as well as $1,383,445 to pay for the annual operating expenses of library.
There were just 28 votes cast against JJML’s 2014 budget.
An uncontested race, there were little surprises when it came to the trustee election. Alison Bond, Nick Gazzolo and Linley Whelan—the only incumbent eligible under term limits for another three years on the library board—were all elected with no write-in ballots cast in Tuesday’s contest.
Whelan was the top vote getter earning 188 votes, followed by Bond with 175 and Gazzolo with 173 votes. Both Bond and Gazzolo were present Tuesday night as Creedon read the results, as was board president Carl Peterson, who will leave the board in January as his term expires along with the term of board member Carol Williams.
“Whether it is three years or six years this will be a really wonderful time for the library with lots of energy coming from both of you to shape the program in our new building,” said Creedon to Bond and Gazzolo following the announcement of the election results. “I am really excited about it and grateful.”
Turning to Peterson, Creedon said, “And Carl, I just can’t say enough.”
“This is Banned Book week and it seems really fitting that the community has approved of our commitment to them to work towards the preservation of their intellectual freedom and rights,” said Creedon of the budget’s passage. “Today we had a teen program, we had an ESL class, we had senior programs. To me this feels like a vote of confidence for the work we are doing at JJML, even in our temporary space.”