One of the interesting nuances of City government is the relationship between the Flower Library and City Hall. It's City property and the City is its primary funding source and provides personnel and financial infrastructure for things from payroll to janirotial services.
Yet the Library is technically not a department in the sense of DPW or Fire. It is under the direction of an autonomous Board of Directors who supervise the Library director.
One of my goals is to enhance the relationship so that smaller issues like parking don't become an us versus them issue. It's important to respect the Library Board's stewardship duties, and ultimately their control over expenditures once appropriated. However, as a $1.3 million line item, City Council understandably wants to make sure the public's dollars are put to the best use. From the Council view it's one of many functions we appropriate funds to, so there is a competition for dollars where as the Library Board has a more singular focus.
I just got done working with Library President Maxine Quigg on finding a new Library Board member to replace one who is retiring. I have asked City Council to consider the nomination of Robert Dalton at the next regular meeting.
I am pleased we have such an active and committed Library Board and look forward to working with them in 2012. I can see the Library from my office window, so just wave if you need something.
Watertown Daily Times Watertown officials will look at Flower Memorial Library parking woes