Media Release: Pelham and Lincoln Library Boards receive Provincial funding for merger review

Media Release: Pelham and Lincoln Library Boards receive Provincial funding for merger review


Lincoln and Pelham, ON – (July 14, 2021) - The Pelham and Lincoln Public Library Boards are pleased to receive funding through the Municipal Modernization Program to facilitate a review of their potential merger, which was announced earlier this year.

The potential merger of the Lincoln and Pelham Public Library Boards is poised to streamline administrative functions and expenditures in order to provide enhanced delivery of library services for our two communities and dedicate more resources directly to programs and materials. The municipalities will receive $60,000 in funding through the Municipal Modernization Program. This grant will be applied to the cost of an independent third-party reviewer  who will deliver a final report with specific and actionable recommendations for cost-savings and efficiencies by both municipalities by November 30, 2021.

“We are very thankful to be awarded this funding from the Province. It will go a long way towards determining how we can meet our mutual goals of providing enhanced benefits, and more efficient and effective services to both of our communities,” said Donna Burton, Chair of the Lincoln Public Library Board.

“Improving service delivery for Library users has been an ongoing priority for both of our Library Boards, and with this funding we can continue to work towards those goals,” said Nicole Nolan, Pelham Public Library Board Chair. “We look forward to leveraging the ongoing partnership between our neighbouring municipalities in this endeavour.”

The Lincoln and Pelham public libraries are a natural fit for sharing services, as the two are original members of the Libraries in Niagara Cooperative (LiNC). With a long history of partnership and working together for the betterment of the Lincoln and Pelham communities, the two Library Boards serve communities that are similar, and staff have comparable work cultures with a focus on excellent customer service.

The Municipal Modernization Program was launched in 2019 to help small and rural municipalities modernize service delivery and identify new ways to be more efficient and effective. The projects selected for funding are those that support municipalities’ efforts to implement efficiencies, with a focus on digital modernization, service integration, streamlining development approvals and alternative service delivery.

 

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For more information, please contact:

Julie Andrews
Chief Executive Officer
Lincoln Public Library

905-563-7014
andrews@lincoln.library.on.ca

Amy Guilmette
Acting Chief Executive Officer
Pelham Public Library

905-892-6443 |
aguilmette@pelhamlibrary.on.ca

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