News Release

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
Web Site: mass.gov/mblc

News Release



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 7, 2002
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
1-800-952-7403, x208
David.L.Gray@state.ma.us

Public Hearings to Be Held

BOSTON: The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners in pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 30A, gives notice that two public hearings relative to amending regulation 605 CMR 6.00 Section 6.10 will be held.

Hearings will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2002, 12:30 pm at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, and on Thursday, March 7, 2002 12:30 pm at the Worcester Public Library, Salem Square, Worcester.

On December 6, 2001 the Board adopted emergency regulations changing the disbursement schedule for grant funds under the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program 605 CMR 6.10. The purpose of this change is to accelerate the payment of funds to municipalities that have received grants under the program.

With this change the first payment is made when a municipality signs a Grant Agreement with the Board, the second payment when construction begins, the third payment when construction is 75 percent complete, and the final payment is made when the project is complete.

Persons planning to give oral testimony at a hearing are urged to provide a written summary. Written statements may be submitted prior to the hearings, during the hearing period or up until 12:30 pm on Thursday, March 7, 2002 by mail or fax to the following address: Robert Maier, Head of Library Development, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, 648 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02215 Fax: 1-617-421-9833

Please note that only section of 605 CMR 6.10 "Grant Disbursements" is under consideration at this time, and only comments on this section are being solicited.

The Board of Library Commissioners (mass.gov/mblc) is the agency of state government with the statutory authority and responsibility to organize, develop, coordinate and improve library services throughout the Commonwealth. The Board advises municipalities and library trustees on the operation and maintenance of public libraries, including construction and renovation. It administers state and federal grant programs for libraries and promotes cooperation among all types of libraries through regional library systems and automated resource sharing. It also works to ensure that all residents of the Commonwealth, regardless of their geographic location, social or economic status, age, level of physical or intellectual ability or cultural background, have access to essential new electronic information technologies and significant electronic databases.

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