November 17, 2008

No more Sunday hours at the library

One cost-cutting step the city has decided to take is to eliminate Sunday hours at the Main Library.
The library has been opening on Sunday afternoons from autumn until spring for a number of years, but slicing out the extra hours will help officials deal with rising costs and the prospect of sinking revenues.
The library has traditionally seen heavier use during recessions, perhaps because people can't afford to buy books or possibly because it offers something free for families trying to stretch strained budgets.
Mayor Art Ward said the move is one of a number of steps he's taking to hold the line on spending.
I'll have more on the issue tomorrow.
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32 comments:

Anonymous said...

sad, with more and more people working extra hours and weekends, or going back to school while working, the city feels the need to cut out resources that can make a real difference in lives.....sad statement on the times we live in...CE

Anonymous said...

While every little bit helps, I would like to see just how much will be saved.
There are many other areas of saving with less impact on services.
Will staff be let go? Building still will be heated, and, this is a cut in services.

What else has he done, what else is he doing?

Anonymous said...

Gee don't close the library on Monday or anything like that now. It might violate a union contract.

Anonymous said...

Not a great place to cut, since the library is a free resource for people in tough times, but it is also not as necessary as other city services. Too bad...

Anonymous said...

Another cut in services by the Ward administration.

Keep voting Democrat Bristol and pretty soon you'll be burning your trash in the back yard.

Yet these morons will get away with it b/c Bristol voters love paying higher taxes.

Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Roll up the sidewalks too, Mayor

Anonymous said...

How about golden handshakes or early retirements for all those senior, hard working, dedicated city employees? Getting salaries and benifits off the books is the only true way to save money for the city.

Anonymous said...

Keep in mind that some of the benefits stay on the books, and unless positions are eliminated, the costs are still budgetted for.

Strong, decisive action must be taken.

Anonymous said...

6:36 PM is absolutely right.

How hurtful to working people and students lacking resources in troubled times.

Sunday access to newspaper's and computers are very important to those looking for work, or struggling on a budget and can't afford that new computer or software. Most employerss require resume's to be submitted via computer.

In hard times, the library gets used MORE not less.

The one free, safe and necessary place that everybody can go in the dark days of winter, and in hard times gets slashed.
Pathetic.

Allow people the access!
They NEED it.

Library hours are the LAST thing that should be on the chopping block, not the first.


Doesn't Manross have enough trust funds to maintain Sunday hours for the winter?
At least ONE library would be accessible?

Anonymous said...

Wards action is like cutting Athletics out of the school budget: designed to raise the most noise and thereby avoid facing the real solutions.

Anonymous said...

Thank God for Art Ward.

Anonymous said...

12:56pm how can you say thank god for art ward? he is the worst. does not give a crap about this city shutting down the library on sundays is no big deal to him . how about he himself taking a pay cut.

Anonymous said...

Why don't we cut some of the costs for sports? Oh that's right, in Bristol we don't care about books and real education, only sports.

Anonymous said...

12:42 - Seriously, you need to grow up already. The mayor is looking to cut corners, plain and simple. Why must EVERY move he makes be scrutinized and turned into a conspiracy theory? Sorry you, your candidate or your COO couldn't get themselves elected, but it's time to put on your big boy pants and get over it....

Anonymous said...

the mayor needs to cut corners so as i stated before why does'nt he himself take a pay cut? that would cut some.

Anonymous said...

no matter what cuts he makes, someone will have crap to say. these are times when decisions have to be made that will help us out in the long, hopefully short, run.
haven't heard anyone offer up anything else other than the stupid idea of cutting his pay.

Anonymous said...

6:03pm i'm guessing you are a Democrat. that is your first mistake, your second was voting for Ward first and then Obama. HANG ON TO YOUR WALLET.

Anonymous said...

He has been offered help and refused it!

Anonymous said...

This is only the beginning.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Mr. "I love to use the phrase 'big boy pants' in all my rants", I got a news flash for you. Not every criticism posted here is from someone on King Arthur's enemies list. Some of them are from just plain folks who know how to tell pandering from leadership.

Anonymous said...

7:33 - take your losing "COO attitude" and flash it at another loser, such as yourself.

Anonymous said...

Hey Mr. I love to use the phrase "news flash" (and the word "pandering")....while a few comments may be from outside the court of "King Arthur", most are obviously from a select group of disgruntled "enemies of the King" who like to stick it to him anonymously whenever they get the chance. These folks really do need to grow-up and put on their, er, well, you know....(LOL!!!!)

Anonymous said...

Cheap Shot Mr. Mayor

Anonymous said...

Good job, Art. Watch (and cut) the budget!

Anonymous said...

I would rather see the Library close on Monday or another weekday than Sunday. I work during the week and can not use the evening hours, since by the time I get home and prepare and serve dinner it is to late to go. I look forward to the Sunday hours which is when I have the time, and yes I've spent many Sunday hours in the library.

Anonymous said...

I'm definitely not the mayor 9:26, but you certainly seem eager to accuse him without knowing the facts.....that's kinda your pattern though, huh? ;-)

Anonymous said...

4:14

Why doesn'the tell us the facts?

Anonymous said...

It is obvious that Ward doesn't use the Libray.

Anonymous said...

Is this the best he can do??

Anonymous said...

I am a college student and as of right now I live at school, but next year I will be commuting for one semester. I cannot get work done at my house and even when I come home on weekends I retreat to the library to get my work done as do many of my friends. I complained that the library did not have great hours as it was with a community college nearby as well as a commuter school right in New Britain.

The sad thing is the city is approving plans for a new school on Chippens Hill in an area where families including my own built for the sole reason to get away from the noise. People went up there for a more remote area of Bristol. I love that there is still areas of Bristol that is untouched land. There is no reason that Bristol cannot do rennovations on the schools they have. They will get more revenue from taxpayers by allowing a builder to subdivide that property and turn that into a development then to make that into a mass school property that will drive many families away from this town including my own.

This town has its priorities wrong. Cut a few measly hours at a library but spend millions of dollars on schools for the beautification of it. I do not understand this philosophy since when I was goin through school there were some classes when I did not have books for those classes. Bristol should start worrying more about the LEVEL OF EDUCATION and not what the building looks like and the grounds look like that they are receiving that education in. People are very materialistic in this town for being so tight with their money.

Elysium said...

When will the cut in hours start?

Is it for next years budget, because this years hours are already budgeted.

Any one have an answer?

Elysium said...

How much will be saved?

Did the mayor talk with the library to find other ways to cut costs, or did he continue to micro manage and make the decision himself?