| Amy Porter
HUNTINGTON – Following the overwhelming passage of the Proposition 2½ override of $86,328 to fund the Huntington Public Library’s budget in the special election on June 4 and at the Annual Town Meeting on June 6, the library director and trustees expressed their appreciation to the residents of Huntington.
“My staff and I are beyond grateful to everyone who came together in support of Huntington’s library. It means so much. We could not be happier to see the override pass and look forward to offering even more services in the upcoming fiscal year,” said Library Director Amanda Loiselle.
“The vote went very well. I was really, really very happy about both the town meeting and the ballot questions. I was pretty sure we were going to get through the ballot questions, but I was really gratified to see how well we did at the Town Meeting,” said trustees President Karen Wittshirk, adding that only afterwards did they realize how much energy they were putting into passage of the override.
“We went through two batches of signs – I was in some cases fairly surprised about people who asked for them. We had a wide range of people who said they needed a sign,” she said.
Trustee Linda Siska also expressed her appreciation.
“A big thank you to our community. This felt like a bonding experience, and demonstrated a strong commitment by the community for the library. We all feel very happy about that. I feel much relieved, it feels like we can proceed,” Siska said, adding that she also wanted to thank everyone who participated to get the word out.
Wittshirk said the library staff were also amazed at the number of people who came into the library practically at the last minute asking what was going on. She said they were not allowed to campaign, but could give factual answers to questions, such as explaining their budget.
She said the constraints added to the anxiety before the vote.
“They were all feeling like what have we done wrong. The answer is we hadn’t done anything wrong,” Wittshirk said.