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County funds to go to Pa. library

April 12, 2005|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - It will be nearly a year late, but the Blue Ridge Summit (Pa.) Free Library soon will be receiving a $1,500 contribution from the Washington County Commissioners.

The County Commissioners voted to give the library the money last fiscal year, but a miscommunication by the Washington County Free Library held up the money, Commissioners Vice President William J. Wivell said Monday.

For the past several years, the commissioners have contributed money to Blue Ridge Summit Free Library, because Washington County residents use the facility, Wivell said.

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But because the Blue Ridge library isn't on the list of approved organizations that receive money from the county, the commissioners channel the money through the Washington County library, Wivell said.

The Washington County library is then supposed to give the contribution to the Blue Ridge Summit library.

"Apparently, there must've been some miscommunication that the (Washington County) library felt that they would just keep it," Wivell said.

Washington County Free Library Director Mary Baykan said she wasn't aware the money never made it to the Blue Ridge Summit library until contacted by The Herald-Mail on Monday.

A misunderstanding caused the delay, she said.

"They didn't call us on it," Baykan said of the Blue Ridge Summit library. "That's the first we heard."

Baykan said the county library mistakenly thought the money was part of its contribution from the commissioners and kept it.

Baykan said the county library has contacted the Blue Ridge Summit library, apologized for the mistake and soon will send it a check for the amount approved by the commissioners.

The commissioners voted several weeks ago to give the Blue Ridge Summit library another $1,500 donation for the current fiscal year.

Baykan said that money probably will arrive over the summer.

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