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Here's a REAL simple solution to the library drop box nonsense

Monday, December 06, 2010
Time: 4:52 PM

As anger rises over the library drop-box fiasco, and a rally at City Hall has been scheduled for tomorrow where residents will speak out against the mayor's inaction on this issue, I was left wondering what options are there that would satisfy all parties.

I think I found one...now it's not a perfect solution but it's one where everyone gets a little bit of what they want.

Over the weekend, I took a trip to the library to do some research and I decided to snap some new pictures of the drop boxes behind the building.

While snapping the photo, I noticed the drive-thru area at Union Savings Bank (USB)...

Since USB has great ties to the community, and the city is planning on acquiring the bank's building as part of their future plans on expanding the library, couldn't a box be placed at the median between the library and bank where people could drop their books off (preferably between the handicap access sidewalk and the building in the above picture)?

Now of course this couldn't be done during bank business hours (which means people would still have to drop their books off in the library during the day) BUT since the drive-thru isn't used during the bank's off hours, it seems like placing a drop box would work out. It would satisfy the concerns among those who have reservations about placing the boxes back on West Street to due "traffic" and it would satisfy those who are upset that the drive-up ability of book returns are gone.

There's a simple solution to a problem that's getting more embarrassing for the mayor and the city by the minute...free of charge.

UPDATE: TOO FUNNY. Seems like I wasn't the only one who thought of this "solution"...more later.

UPDATE 2: It's been confirmed that city officials are working working with Union Savings Bank in order to have a drop box placed at the median. Hopefully this fiasco is has come to a conclusion.

A special thanks goes out to Candace Milligan and concerned residents who would not rest until this issue was resolved...going as far as scheduling a rally in front of City Hall over the matter. It's only unfortunate that it took over three months, a front page story in the newspaper, and a threat of a rally, for the mayor and city officials to stop the B.S. and bring an end to this nonsense.


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