Irondequoit N.Y.- The Irondequoit Town Board voted Tuesday night to re-authorize the borrowing for the town's new central library, but opponents say they'll try to force a new referendum on the issue.
Town residents have already voted by a hefty margin to approve building a new central library building next to town hall, and to borrow $13 million to finance construction. A small but determined group of library opponents led by former Town Councilman Richard Barone sued the town after finding it hadn't properly conducted the environmental review.
Irondequoit officials paid $10,000 to re-do the study in the proper form and last month they repeated their vote to approve the project. But the opponents said if the original vote was void, then so was the April referendum. The town board elected not to repeat the referendum. Instead, they allowed for citizens to pass petitions for a new referendum if they want one.
Barone and the opponents vowed last night to gather a thousand signatures over the next 30 days to force a referendum and called on the town board to schedule it now.
All the board and most of the audience disagreed. They say another referendum will just cost more money and produce the same overwhelming vote in favor of the project.