St. Louis County citizens upset over plans to replace two libraries

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI)– Citizens call on the You Paid For It team to take a hard look at decisions by the St. Louis County Library Board  to tear down the Lewis and Clark Library and Tesson Ferry Branch then build new ones.

Investigator Elliott Davis caught up with the head of the Library Board of Trustees Lynn Beckwith with questions.

Citizens complain that that library trustees were all ears when they asked voters to approve a ballot measure to raise money, but then after the measure was passed the library was in no mood to listen to citizens.

We caught up to citizens groups in North County and in South County who have collected hundreds of petitions opposing the library plans.

But Trustee Board President Lynn Beckwith says despite the criticism, he wouldn’t do anything differently. But he admitted that the library board hadn’t done a cost analysis of what it would cost to renovate the buildings the citizens groups are trying to save.

Reaching the St Louis County Library Board of Trustees:

http://www.slcl.org/about/boardoftrustees

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