I will be writing in Raymond “Skip” Hurt for Library Trustee instead of voting for Gordon Hunt, who is running unopposed for re-election, and I encourage both those who support a library addition and those who do not to also write-in his name.
Skip brought a proposal to the library trustees last spring that would have cost about $800,000 less than what the library trustees have brought to Town Meeting this year. His plan would not have required a 2/3 majority vote because it would not have required the issuance of a bond or note in excess of $100,000 (the statutory threshold). In his plan, construction could have been completed in stages using funds already available.
Skip has said he’ll be voting for the library addition next week, and I will be voting against it. So you might wonder why I’m going to write his name in.
I appreciate that Skip tried to save the town over a million dollars (when you take interest into account the $1.92 million price tag on the warrant article is not accurate). I like that Skip speaks his mind, even when I disagree with him. He’s an honest man, in my estimation. He’s overseen construction projects. He knows what he’s talking about in that regard.
He also loves reading books. I mentioned in my post, Of Books and Libraries, that I am currently reading Into Thin Air, by Jonathan Krakauer. Skip gave me that book.
Skip was on the library building advisory committee several years ago. He’s been on the budget committee as well. It’s a long shot that we could get him on the library trustees board as a write-in, but let’s try anyway.