The Board of Trustees of the Public Library is a six member Board. Members are elected to overlapping terms of three years, with two members elected in each year. The Trustees responsibility is the care and management of the public library and any public library branches. The Trustees appoint the Town Librarian and other library employees. They are also responsible for managing the Library’s budget and all appropriations made by the Town for the purposes of operating the library.
Three year position (vote for two)
Just two candidates’ names will appear on this year’s ballot.
Mark Carthy (candidate for re-election)
|I’m a candidate for:||Trustees of the Public Library|
|I am running as a:||Candidate for re-election|
|I am seeking my ___ term in office:||5th|
|Volunteer & community activities? (optional)||Feel free to list any volunteer or community activities you have engaged in. This could be serving on a committee, coaching/assistant coaching a youth team, volunteering for a civic/religious organization, etc. etc.|
|Belmont TMM, Belmont Cable TV Advisory Committee-Chair, Lay leader – Catholic Church North Haven, Maine (summer)|
|Candidate’s Statement||Please provide a short statement (100-200 words) about why you are running. (You may re-use or expand upon your LWV statement.)|
|Belmont Library staffing and budget has been cut over the past 25 years. Trustees continue to work with the town and Library Director to restore services and add opening hours – all at a reasonable cost.|
The Belmont library building is held together with duck-tape. We have experienced closures due to system failures. We continue working with the town to schedule the timing of a new library at a reasonable cost.
|Accomplishments||Please provide a short statement (100-200 words) about why you are running. (You may re-use or expand upon your LWV statement.)|
|Guide Library Director to improve services at a reasonable cost to the town. Support private fund raising for new library.|
|New Library||The building housing the main branch of Belmont’s public library is nearing the end of its useful life. Estimates indicate that the cost of renovating the existing structure, including bringing it into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, would cost nearly as much as constructing a new facility and leave the Town with an inferior facility with less usable space. Do you support the Library Board of Trustees request for a debt exclusion to construct a new library? Why? Why not?|
|The Belmont library building is held together with duck-tape. We have experienced closures due to system failures. We continue working with the town to schedule the timing of a new library at a reasonable cost.|
Mary Donahue Stearns (candidate for re-election)
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