Commentary by Council Members Who Voted for the Library Project (Amherst Bulletin, October 7, 2021 — Click to Open
The Jones Library renovation is one of the four major capital projects the town is working to complete (the others are a new elementary school, a new fire station in the southern part of town to replace the downtown Central Fire Station, and a new DPW facility to replace the 105-year-old former trolley barn that currently houses DPW).
On April 5, 2021, I joined nine other members of the Town Council to move forward with the Jones Library project and accept a $13.9 million grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). A citizen petition was filed to overturn that vote, and on November 2 the voters will determine whether or not to reverse the Council. A “yes” vote will affirm the Council’s action and allow the project to go forward.
The Jones Library has prepared several informational sheets on the project, which you can view by clicking on each.