TRURO – The Town of Truro is expected to vote on where a new regional library will be placed on Monday.
Truro Mayor Bill Mills told the Truro Daily News on Friday that “there will be a discussion” and he expects a vote will take place during Truro town council on Monday afternoon regarding whether the new facility should go in the former Normal College or the old hat factory. The meeting is open to the public and begins at 1 p.m. on the third floor of the civic building on Prince Street.
“We said we’d make the decision at a public meeting. We’ll discuss it, listen to discussion and act on it and see where the chips fall,” said Mills, adding, “we have looked at it from every angle ... I can’t think what other questions will be asked. We’ve been discussing the library for 25 years so we’re not rushing into it.”
Once the town votes on the topic, Colchester County council will discuss how the town voted as well. The county recently extended its deadline of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the town about the library. The MOU was set to expire Sept. 30 but the county extended the agreement until the end of October to allow for more time to come to a decision. Under current proposals, the cost to convert either suggested building into a new library is about $7 million, with Truro committed to contributing about $5 million and the county providing $2.2 million.
County Mayor Bob Taylor told this paper the library’s location will be on the Oct. 17 county meeting agenda.
“We are waiting to hear the result of the town’s decision and we will review it and will have to discuss it,” said Taylor.
Ongoing discussions between the council as well as Colchester County council and other interested parties have been extensive. Within the last few weeks, public tours of the two buildings and a public meeting were held.
A six-member committee made up of equal representatives from both municipalities has been split on whether to construct a new library in the former Normal College or at the old hat factory/bowling alley site. Truro representatives have twice voted in favour of the Normal College while the county representatives have favoured the hat factory.