Westport library chimes fall silent

Inn, Assoc. seek agreement

— The chimes of the Westport Library have been silenced.

The Westport Library Association will hold a meeting in September to vote on a resolution of an issue between them and the Inn at the Library Lawn regarding the chimes.

Both sides expressed hesitation to speak on the matter, only to say that there was an issue that was heading toward resolution concerning the chimes.

“This is a private issue that we feel has been resolved,” Anthony Wheeler, co-owner of the Inn, said.

“We are happy with how it has been resolved,” Alexandra Wheeler, co-owner, added.

Kathy Seguin, president of the Westport Library Association, said that the board still had to agree to the deal as part of their meeting next month.

“The board is in discussions and we are in the middle of resolving the issue,” Seguin said.

Seguin said that since the chimes went silent, the library has heard from members of the community.

“We have gotten some feedback,” she said.

During the past week, some community members have also started a petition aimed at restoring the sound of the chimes to the community.

“We would like to support the Library Association and request that the chimes for the clock be restored,” the petition reads.

On the website tripadvisor.com, two of eight responses bring up the matter of the chimes at the Library as being a detraction to a stay at the Inn.

“...There was a clock bell that inexplicably seemed to ring all night,” one commenter, RItraveler from Rhode Island, said.

“Didn’t get any sleep there,” was the comment title of another, wundys, who is listed as a senior reviewer.

Out of eight reviews, five gave the Inn a five-star rating.

The library board of trustees is scheduled to meet next at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

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