BELLOWS FALLS - The chairman of the Rockingham Free Public Library Board of Trustees announced Tuesday he had earlier in the day accepted, with regret, the resignation of Trustee Paige Pietrzak.

David Gould broke the news to other trustees in the library's meeting room shortly after 6 p.m. and said he understands the board will now have to make recommendations to the Rockingham Selectboard, which will appoint Pietrzak's replacement. Pietrzak is the daughter of Trustee Hope Brissette.

During the meeting, Reference and Historical Collections Librarian Emily Zervas spoke to the trustees about the need for an auto-scrubber, a machine she said is safe to use for cleaning marmoleum floors. She said mopping is the cleaning technique currently used, but there is far too much work for one person to do with the hours that are budgeted for the maintenance worker. She also said the marmoleum floors are "behaving differently" than anyone initially thought when they were installed during the facility's renovation last year and they can be damaged if left dirty.

Trustee Pat Fowler said Rockingham Town Hall uses an auto-scrubber and asked if the library could borrow that one. Zervas, who has worked with Youth Services Librarian Sam Maskell to fulfill the duties of the library director since Celina Houlne was terminated in September 2013, said the town hall does not own that machine and the man that does is not willing to constantly move it between buildings because it is too easily damaged.


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The trustees unanimously voted to allow library staff members to purchase an auto-scrubber for not more than $4,000.

In other business:

-- Trustee Ray Massucco mentioned he heard a syringe was found on library property and asked Zervas and Maskell if the police have been able to find out who was responsible. Zervas said the police have told her it is a growing problem seen at many public buildings in the area.

-- Maskell said the library is creating a parent-child play area.

-- Carolyn Frisa, the vice chairwoman of the library trustees and the chairwoman of their historical collections committee, said plans are coming together for the library's three-day grand opening celebration, which is slated to kick off on May 8. The library reopened to the public on Nov. 1, following renovation.

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