Those that watched the live stream of last week’s Bay City Council meeting already knew the score. The rest got the usual comprehensive account from Cassandra Favre over at the Echo. Using Cassandra as our primary source let’s imagine we’re a fly on the wall when the City Attorney meets the County Attorney and we get to hear Trent Favre’s talking points, as told by City officials at the last meeting:
“I don’t believe we need to fix something that’s not broke”…
“We have a bigger stake in this,” he said. “The county made mention that they had three libraries out there. Well, their three libraries look like little mom and pop shops. We got super Walmart.
“There’s no reason to fix something that’s not broken,” he said. “We have something that’s very successful.”
“I don’t think there’s a reason to create a new five-member board on Oct. 1,” Hoffman said. “I personally don’t want to see a reinvention of this library system. I want to see it continue on as it is. If they need a new agreement to make themselves happy, I guess I can understand that. The old one was written some time ago and was a little outdated as far as from a legal standpoint. That one still holds water in my book. The two cities never opted out of this agreement, only the county did. As far as we are concerned, this agreement is still in place.”
“When you decide what you want to give us, we will make our budget work,” she said. “We will tighten the belt if necessary. I know that we have the highest per capita funding. You’re getting bang for your buck. You are the best library system in the state. We will continue to work with whatever funding we get.”
That ought to convince the Sups right? As for Ms. Thomas’s boasting in the last quote, she must not have ever been to the Hattiesburg library or the one on the campus of Southern Miss. which happens to be the largest University library in the state.
I know this from personal experience, when we went hunting for an old archival Sun Herald article from the 1990s it was no where to be found in the Bay. The larger, nicer libraries in Harrison County gave us the hook up we needed to help our friends over in NOLA.