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Meriden Library seeking to get on general election ballot

by Dennis Sharkey

The Meriden Library board has withdrawn a petition to put a question to voters in November.

Board members had collected the proper amount of signatures to put a question on the ballot, however, differences between the city of Meriden’s attorney and county counselors have stalled the process.

County Clerk Linda Buttron said on Tuesday that the group indicated they may attempt to put the question on a future ballot.

The library board is wanting to ask voters to approve a tax levy to fund the library in Meriden.

Jerie Tichenor with the library said last week that the library has been asked by the city of Meriden to seek self funding because they lack the funds to support the library.

Board members had collected signatures from registered voters that live within the Jeff West school district.

It was not clearly stated last week in a story that the library levy would not be part of the USD 340 budget.

In other actions:

  • A fiber optic line that services the county’s IT department has been disabled. A worker for Westar broke the line on Friday while replacing the base to a light pole according to Francis Hubbard with Road and Bridge. Hubbard said the county is insured for the incident. Chris Schmeissner, GIS/IT director said that is was not the fault of the worker. He said when the line was originally installed it was not done correctly. Schmeissner said a temporary patch is being worked on before a permanent solution can be obtained.
  • Hubbard reported that the county has received a check for $262,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He said the check is just part of a $667,000 award from FEMA. Hubbard said the county is being paid as work is completed.
  • FEMA is reimbursing the county for damages caused during last winter’s storms.
  • Hubbard reported that by September 9 work could begin on the first half of the Big Slough bridge. “It’s starting to look like a bridge repair rather than a bridge dismantle,” Hubbard said. There are 61 days left on the project.
  • Commissioners approved a contract for the 2010 financial audit. Cost for the audit will only increase by $200 for a total of $13, 900.
  • Commissioners also approved a contract with Ed Noble to clean up three properties at Lakeside Campgrounds.

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