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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Reservations Over New County Library Contract

South Bruce Peninsula | by John Divinski  

South Bruce Peninsula wants to negotiate a proposed contract for library services with Bruce County.

The Bruce County Library in Wiarton, ON. 
 
Up until now, library services were provided by the county based on verbal agreements and accepted practices.
 
Now, it's on paper and the county is looking for a 15-year deal.
 
However South Bruce Peninsula has some issues with the deal and wish to negotiate.
 
Mayor Janice Jackson says "As it's going to bind our community for 15 years we defintely wanted to take a look at it and make sure that it was protective for our community."
 
Jackson says the town clerk had some wording she wanted added or in some cases, removed from the deal but it appears the County is not open to that.
 
The municipality is concerned that the library deal may not be revenue neutral and they've asked staff to come back with operational costs of its two branches in Wiarton and Sauble Beach.
 
In the meantime, they'll continue to talk to the County.
 
Mayor Jackson says if an impasse is reached with no chance of discussion, "We'll have to cross that bridge when it comes."
 
In 2017 the County has paid $18,300 rent for the Sauble Library and $21,960 for the Wiarton facility.
 
The proposed contract calls for a 2% increase each year for the next 15 years.

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