"None of our libraries should be closed," Carrboro Alderwoman Randee Haven'O'Donnell says.
She and the other aldermen have called a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Town Hall to respond to County Manager Laura Blackmon's proposed closing of the Carrboro and Cedar Grove branch libraries. The Cybrary would remain open in the Century Center.
The closing would save $45,000 in the county's $177 million proposed budget. The savings would be more but Blackmon proposed moving staff from the closed branches to the new main county library opening in Hillsborough.
The mayor and aldermen are going into Monday's meeting realistic -- and sympathetic to the county, which is cutting across the board because of the recession.
"I don't want to beat anybody up," says Alderwoman Jacquie Gist. "It's a horrible year to be a municipal official with the budgets."
"I'm aware they're having an extraordinarily difficult budget year, and I just want to see us be sensitive to that fact," Mayor Mark Chilton said this morning. "I think Orange County government woulnd never talk about cutting library services unless they genuinely believed they had to do that."