SUNDERLAND – The Selectboard approved the June 15 reopening of the Sunderland Public Library and finalized the terms of reference for the city’s annual meeting at its meeting on Tuesday.
Starting June 15, the library will be open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Library director Katherine Hand said all visitors will be required to wear a mask inside the building during this “smooth opening”.
“The reason is that we are about to launch a summer reading program for kids,” Hand said. “As a courtesy to children, families and others at high risk, we ask everyone to wear masks. ”
The Sunderland Public Library Board of Directors will meet at the end of the month to determine if the mask policy will be revised for July.
Hand said reopening the library was a light at the end of the tunnel for staff and community members.
“There is nothing sadder than an empty library. It has been a little disheartening for our staff to work in an empty building all these months, ”Hand said. “We don’t see the library as a collection of books; it really is the people who make it a library.
In addition, the Annual Municipal Assembly will be held on Saturday, June 12 at 4 p.m. behind the City offices. Since the event takes place outdoors, city officials are asking residents to bring a lawn chair and a mask.
Residents will vote on a budget of around $ 9 million for fiscal 2022, which is a 2.78% increase from the current year. Voters will also decide on a budget for Frontier Regional School of just under $ 2 million, a 14% increase.
City administrator Geoffrey Kravitz said the budget was a good start for the city as it emerges from the pandemic.
“We are delighted to be back to a more normal budget with less uncertainty,” Kravitz said in a telephone interview. “Most of the budget went up a bit because we were conservative last year.”
Kravitz said the city was “in a good place” and that he was happy the city was returning to somewhat normal life.
“I hope the weather is nice for Town Meeting,” Kravitz said. “We can’t wait to get back to a more normal situation. ”
Clause 6 will see voters decide to allocate $ 21,933.66, part of the requested $ 75,000, to upgrade the emergency radio system around town from a frequency of 400 megahertz to a frequency of 800 megahertz.
Kravitz said the plan to upgrade the radio system, which is used by the city’s police, firefighters and emergency medical service personnel, has been “in the works for several years.”
Additional articles on the mandate include:
■ Allocation of $ 9,000 for replacement firearms for the Police Department;
■ Using $ 49,163.07 of free city money to buy back sick and vacation leave for Sunderland Elementary School employees;
■ Vote on the city’s membership in the Pioneer Valley Mosquito Control District;
■ And a citizens’ petition to declare Sunderland a “safe community”. The proposed regulation states that “to the extent permitted by law, no employee of any department of the City of Sunderland shall perform the duties of an immigration officer”.
The full mandate will be posted on Sunderland’s website in the coming days, according to Kravitz, but budget information can be found at townofsunderland.us/town-clerk/pages/town-meetings.
Chris Larabee can be reached at [email protected] or 413-930-4081.