Proposed Library Addition

Are you interested in seeing Calef Memorial Library become handicap accessible?  Stop by the library to experiment with our scale models of the library and its proposed addition!  Move furniture, change floorplans, and see what creative solutions you can stumble upon.

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  1. #1 by Tammie Calef Krisciunas on March 2, 2012 - 12:50 am

    Please don’t change the look of the front- it’s classic and beautiful.

    • #2 by caleflibrary on March 3, 2012 - 3:59 pm

      We agree completely. The proposed addition would be off the rear of the building and would not be visible from the front. One of our foremost concerns as we proceed is maintaining the historic beauty of this library for generations to come.

  2. #3 by Tammie Calef Krisciunas on March 8, 2012 - 4:42 pm

    Thank you for the reassurance!! The library is tiny- what about getting an airline wheelchair for people to transfer to- reg one can’t maneuver in there- and buy removable ramp- like on U haul truck- that would be put into place when needed and have someone big to push the person up the ramp. Would be way less expensive, and would serve the few wheelchair-bound patrons, wouldn’t require wider “halls” which would require eliminating some book space or table/chair.

  3. #4 by Resident of Washington on November 7, 2012 - 1:12 pm

    I for one live in the town and pay the taxes asked. I’ve also had my pay reduced, due to the low economy right now. You people are so worried about this library, that none of you care about the working peopel in the town. Yes it would be nice to do in a time of financial comfort, but that is NOT now. Looks the the crooked members, and crooked town forced it through anyway. How can it fail by 90% for two years in a row, and pass on the first closed ballot? Do you think were that dumb? you keep saying “it must be done to code”, and it IS done to code and grandfathered in…until you start making changes. Without asking anyone from the town, you hired (by far) the most expensive architecture firm in the state.But I guess as long as you get your way, that is all that counts. You’ll be foreclosing on my land since I won’t be able to afford my taxes anymore. Thank You very much.

    • #5 by caleflibrary on November 9, 2012 - 2:05 pm

      The library is here to serve the working people of Washington. We understand keenly the pressures that citizens of this town face because we see the evidence every day, when single mothers come in to use the internet here to find daycare services, or someone just laid off visits the library in order to write their first resume and apply for new jobs. We see it when people come in to check out movies because they decided to stop spending money on things like Netflix, or to read our magazines because they realized they didn’t need to pay for their own subscriptions.

      The library board sent the project out for bids from nearly twenty different architects across the state. The firm they chose had the least expensive proposal. At the March 2011 town meeting, the citizens authorized the Selectmen to borrow $215,000 for the accessibility project, and they did so by paper ballot with 36 Yes votes to 19 No. At the May 17, 2011 special meeting to reconsider that decision, the same measure lost by a paper ballot, 61 to 52. All of these numbers are documented and can be checked in public records available at the library and the town clerk’s office.

      Our independent building committee decided that the $16-32 per year tax increase this project would entail from most tax payers was not overly burdensome and was worth the added benefit tax payers would receive in making the library and its important services accessible to all the citizens of Washington. Those same citizens made their voices heard on November 6, and while not all support the measure, the majority did vote yes.

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