DEARBORN — Is there any way to save the closed Snow Branch Library? That was the impassioned plea of resident Steve Hammarskjold at the City Council meeting Monday.
The answer is no. The city listed the building, which was one of its four libraries, for sale in a legal notice in last Sunday’s editions of the Press & Guide Newspapers. The asking price is $590,000, and the bidding deadline is Aug. 29.
The library, 23950 Princeton at Telegraph Road, opened in 1960 and was closed Sept. 2, 2011, as part of city budget cuts. Some of the library’s collection of 35,000 to 40,000 items was transferred to Henry Ford Centennial Library and some items in the collection — along with fixtures like tables, chairs and shelves — were sold at a silent auction in April.
Report from the Press and Guide.
The future of the Troy Public Library is “as clear as mud,” the city’s lawyer said Wednesday, after voters defeated four millage proposals designed to create and fund an independent library board.
And in Bloomfield Hills, voters sent a resounding “no” on Tuesday to a six-year, 0.617-mill library levy, with 61% of voters shooting down the measure, 1,342-842. Supporters sought to resume a lending contract with Bloomfield Township’s library or strike up a new deal with the library in Birmingham.
The Troy measure is likely to become a topic of Monday’s City Council meeting, where Mayor Louise Schilling is expected to bring up the possible censure of Councilman Martin Howrylak over his letter advocating the measures’ defeat.
Troy’s Proposal 1, the 10-year, 0.9885-millage, failed by 689 votes, 15,590-14,901, with 51% voting against it. The three other millage proposals failed by more than 80% of the vote each.
The library is scheduled to close July 1, after the City Council slashed funding and library hours this year and all funding by June 30.
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