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Massena Town Board taking a wait and see approach with Brasher library branch

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MASSENA - Noting that Brasher Town Supervisor M. James Dawson has voiced opposition to a library branch opening in Brasher Falls, Massena Town Supervisor Joseph D. Gray asked town council members Wednesday night whether thought Massena’s town board should take a stance on the issue.

“At some point do we say to the library, you need our approval before you go any further,” Mr. Gray asked.

And while town council members did say they had some questions about the proposal, Councilman Albert N. Nicola said, “Let it play out and see what happens with the referendum.”

In order for the Massena library to open a branch in Brasher, town residents must first approve a referendum to provide financial support for the project.

“It isn’t going to cost us anything,” Mr. Nicola said. “If they want it, they’ll have to pay for it.”

Should a branch open in Brasher, Mr. Gray said he wondered if library staff would be Massena or Brasher employees.

“That is something I’m concerned about,” he said.

“I think they would be a Massena library employee, but I’m not sure,” Councilman Charles A. “Chuck” Raiti said.

“So they wouldn’t have any control over the costs, but they would have to pay for it?” Mr. Gray wondered.

Councilman John F. Macaulay said it’s his understanding that the library referendum would have a set amount of money attached to it.

“Anytime they needed to increase their budget it would have to be voted on,” he said.

Mr. Gray also said he has heard that should a branch open in Brasher they want to have a representative on the Massena Library Board of Trustees.

“I think that’s valid,” Mr. Nicola said.

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