Smiths Falls town councillor Chris Cummings, the town’s long-time representative on the Smiths Falls Public Library Board, told fellow councillors at a Jan. 15 meeting that he was disappointed by a recent decision by the Township of Drummond/North Elmsley.
The township, he reported, has decided to stop paying an annual grant to Smiths Falls to provide its residents with the privilege of using the Smiths Falls library free of charge. Both Drummond/North Elmsley and Montague Townships have been paying the grant in past years, with Drummond/North Elmsley’s most recent contribution amounting to $7,500.
A result of the decision to stop making the payment, said Cummings, the township’s 300 regular users of the Smiths Falls library will receive letters stating that the must now pay a $50 fee to continue using the library.
“You may see a change” after these residents speak to their elected representatives, Cummings added.
He noted that the township also pays $150,000 a year to provide residents with free access to the Perth library. That library, Cummings explains, operates as a union library, with the Town of Perth and the townships of Drummond/North Elmsley and Tay Valley being equal partners.