RIPR News
7:12 am
Wed April 27, 2011

Westerly public library under investigation

PROVIDENCE, RI – The town of Stonington, Connecticut, has asked for a financial review of the Westerly Public Library. This stems from concerns about the role the library's executive director played in accepting funds for dormant task force.

Local business leaders discovered last week that Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation had sent $75-thousand dollars to the Westerly-Pawcatuck Joint Development Task Force. There's one problem: the task force was thought to be dormant.

In light of the news, Stonington town official Ed Haberek has asked for a financial review of the Westerly Public Library due to its connections to the task force. The town has given nearly $87-thosuand to the library for the fiscal year.

"I really feel it's important for us to make sure anytime tax payer money is going to an organization," says Haberek, "that it's all answered and accounted for."

The Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Area Chamber of Commerce is planning an audit of the task force. And Stonington is expecting a report of library finances.