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LIBRARY BOARD APPROVES NEW NORTH COLLINS BRANCH

The Buffalo and Erie County Library Board Thursday accepted a recommendation to build a new library in North Collins.

The approval means that the board's Building Committee will review the plans for the new 5,040-square-foot facility on School Street near North Collins High School, and the full board could take final action on the proposed library in its December meeting.

The board had delayed approval of the library until another site had been proposed. The Town Board and the North Collins Library trustees now agree on the same site.

The new library is expected to increase the operating budget of the countywide library system by $34,500.

The board, noting that the system has received the same budget from the county for the past several years, voiced concern.

"We should be looking at how this should be presented to the Legislature. Perhaps we should present a base budget, and these are additional things," trustee Remy Orffeo said.

Trustees are concerned about keeping existing branches operating while finding funding to operate new facilities.

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