Selectboard approves bonds for Charlotte library addition, ambulance

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The Charlotte Selectboard voted Monday evening to approve a nearly $1 million bond issue for an addition to the town library and a new ambulance

The $700,000 bond for the Charlotte Library will  cover half the cost of a nearly 2,200-square-foot addition, which will nearly double the library’s size. Donations will cover the other half of the $1.4 million price tag. The project has already gone out for bids.

“That just went out last week,” Charlotte Library trustee Nan Mason said. “On May 20th, we hope to see a bunch of bids.”

The library, which opened in 1997, has nearly twice as many books in its collection as it was designed for. “It’s just bursting at the seams, so we need this addition very badly,” Mason said.

Mason said they hope for a July 2020 completion.

“That is the hope, but there are many moving parts” she said.

The board also approved a $275,000 bond for Charlotte Fire & Rescue to one of the department’s two ambulances.

“Been looking for a year or two now, and the mileage is just under 100,000 miles right now,” Charlotte Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Rob Mullin said.

The department has already met with the three vendors.

“We’re meeting with them again, hopefully, in the next couple of weeks, and we hope to have the new ambulance, once everything’s said and done, hopefully in service by the middle of February or March of next year, possibly,” Mullin said.

Taxpayers will pay back the library bond over 20 years and the ambulance bond over ten years.

In the last U.S. Census, Charlotte had fewer than 4,000 residents, so $975,000 is a significant amount of money for a town that size to borrow, even when it’s repaid over a decade or two.

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