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New library plans worry two towns

January 24, 2002

New library plans worry two towns



By JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

KEEDYSVILLE - With Boonsboro planning a $1.5 million to $1.6 million new library, Keedysville and Sharpsburg officials want assurance their libraries won't be closed or their budgets affected.

Washington County Commissioner Bert Iseminger told elected officials from the two towns that he didn't think the Washington County Free Library's Board of Trustees had discussed any changes for the two small town libraries.

Elected officials from the two towns met with the commissioners Tuesday night at the Keedysville Town Library to discuss tax rebates, but the meeting turned to other concerns.

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Describing Boonsboro's planned library as a "Taj Mahal you could park a tractor trailer in three times sideways," Assistant Keedysville Mayor Matt Hull asked the commissioners why they would want to spend that much money on one library rather than spread it around.

As happened with Clear Spring, the county will not pay for the entire library, Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said. The county will contribute an undetermined amount to efforts for new libraries in Boonsboro and Smithsburg, but the communities must raise most of the money, he said.

If Keedysville wants a new library, the county would do the same for it, Snook said.

While the Keedysville Library is small and used for various programs, town officials did not say Tuesday night whether they want a new library.

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