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Bookmobile hand-washing onto full board

The Essex County Board of Supervisors.

The Essex County Board of Supervisors. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— With very little conversation, the Essex County Ways and Means Committee passed a resolution to wash their hands of the Essex County Bookmobile onto the full board during its Aug. 27 meeting.

The resolution states that Essex County will be “relinquishing any rights to the sale of surplus of the Clinton-Essex-Franklin County Library System Bookmobile.”

The only discussion occurred when County Attorney Daniel Manning checked to make sure the county was not attached to the vehicle legally.

“We have never owned it and it is not county property,” he said. “We just need to make sure.”

The CEFLS had presented the three counties with the opportunity to take over the Bookmobile, part of a now defunct mobile reading program, for use as a mobile command center for use by the three counties in emergency situations.

Earlier in the month, Franklin County voted, 4-3, to not accept the bookmobile as a mobile communications vehicle at its Aug, 16 meeting.

Clinton county has not voted on the matter, but is the only county that would still be in on it. Library officials had previously said that all three counties would need to say yes in order for the deal to go through.

Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava was the most out-spoken on the matter, stating that he felt the library system should sell the bus for self-profit and save themselves from having to come to the county and ask for more funding, a position other supervisors agreed with.

The full board of supervisors will make its final vote Tuesday, Sept. 4.

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