On April 26, not only will Baldwinsville residents have the opportunity to cast their vote for or against the proposed library budget, but they will also have the opportunity to elect a new library trustee.
The two candidates running for the position are Robert Manning, who was appointed to the position in October after former trustee Dave Lauer retired, and Douglas Dixon. Manning is a project manager at Lockheed Martin and a retired navy captain in the naval reserves. Dixon is a practicing podiatrist.
Why are the two running for the position?
Manning, who has been a Baldwinsville resident for 25 years, said, "It's time for me to get involved and the library is one of my pleasures."
Manning added the position is personally rewarding because he believes the library is an important resource for the community.
Dixon, who is a frequent library patron and a property taxpayer, is concerned with the ever-increasing library budget and wants to be an advocate for taxpayers.
"My family and I regularly use the library," he said. "I will treat the budget as if I'm spending my own money, because I am!"
What are their goals?
Dixon points out low turn out for previous budget/election votes at the library and encourages people to get out and get involved.
"One vote can make a difference. The number of eligible voters who actually vote is traditionally very low," Dixon said.
Manning's personal vision for the library is to expand the resource, improve the infrastructure and pursue more grants. Manning said the basement was built as a potential expansion for possible community rooms, meeting rooms and reading programs.
"In order to expand, however, we would need to expand parking," Manning added.
Manning said he would like to explore improving the heating system and possible renovations and he believes the library can pursue and obtain grant money to accomplish this.