Town Considers Guards for Library Disrupted by Students

January 4, 2007 at 7:03 am

From today’s New YorkTimes…

Town Considers Guards for Library Disrupted by Students
By TINA KELLEY, Published: January 4, 2007


The Maplewood Township Committee is asking the public library’s board of trustees not to follow through with a plan to close its two buildings during after-school hours and is considering providing security guards to help quell disruptive behavior, Mayor Fred R. Profeta Jr. said Wednesday.

The committee discussed a plan late Tuesday night to provide the library with security guards. “The township will pay for that, because it’s a public safety issue, though it may go through the library budget,” Mr. Profeta said in an interview.

The mayor said he would petition the library board to rescind its initial decision before the planned closing on Jan. 16. “I think the closure’s a very bad idea,” the mayor said. “I think that it was not warranted, because a lot of the programs we have in the works are designed — and well designed — to alleviate the situation. We just have to put those in place.”

But David Huemer, who represents the Maplewood Township Committee on the library board, said the library had already indicated that a plan for guards was not enough to rescind its vote on the closing.

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