October 30, 2013 —
As they did earlier this year, Wayne County library officials came before the Pike County Commissioners saying they deserve Pike funding because a large portion of their patrons are Pike residents.
Genevieve Reese, the president of the Wayne County Library Alliance, said some 60% of the Newfoundland library’s patrons and 40% of Hawley library patrons are Pike County residents. She said they use these libraries rather than driving 40 miles to Milford.
A state program, PA Access, which formerly provided funded inter-county patronage statewide, was discontinued in 2009. Since then the Newfoundland Library has received one check, for $1,000, from Pike County. Bill Brennan, president of the Newfoundland Library board of trustees, said Pike funded Newfoundland before PA Access, but didn’t renew support when state money ended.
Brennan said, “Why don’t we get any money from Pike County? It seems all of it goes to Milford (the Pike County Public Library),” he said.
Mary Ann Teeter said more than half of the Hawley library’s 8,000 patrons come from the Pike townships of Lackawaxen, Palmyra and Blooming Grove, but they provide no money and no support.
Lackawaxen resident Ed Eggenberger said he wanted nothing from the rest of the county. “I’d like our (Lackawaxen) taxes used for fair representation.”