Special committee struck to investigate options
By Stephen Hawboldt
And Lawrence Powell
The Annapolis Valley Regional Library has formed a special committee to investigate options for their headquarters that is currently located in the former Acadia Distillers plant in Bridgetown.
In reporting to the March session of the Annapolis County committee of the whole council, Councillor Timothy Habinski, said that the task of the committee is to consider the essential requirements for the headquarters and if they can be met in the current location. Habinski is the council’s representative on the board of directors for the regional library system.
Habinski said that the CEO, Frances Newman, verbally reported on the history of the Bridgetown facility and the difficulties that are faced. It was reported that while many of the “problematic issues” have been resolved, there are still outstanding concerns. It was suggested that the organization may seek different space at the end of their current lease or “by early termination.”
Over the past few years, the possibility of relocating the library headquarters to Kings County has arisen several times. The county councillors were told that Habinski is a member of that special committee.
Shaun Saunders, co-owner of the Bridgetown Development Centre, isn’t sure what ‘outstanding concerns’ AVRL is talking about.
“We have no complaints sitting in front of us right now,” he said. “We don’t know what we haven’t done. Any complaints have been dealt with.”
Saunders said the Bridgetown Development Centre is willing to work with the library to keep them happy and to keep them in the town.
Habinski told The Spectator he’s waiting to receive a list of AVRL’s concerns. Newman said an email has been sent to all board members outlining those concerns.
But putting outstanding concerns aside, Newman said the issue isn’t just the building, it’s a question of is the building efficiently situated? She said the Annapolis Valley Regional Library serves residents not only in Annapolis County but in Kings and West Hants counties as well.
“It would be an issue if it was located in Windsor,” she said. “That’s the issue in my mind. It’s just efficiency. There’s nothing political about it.”