Old Orchard Beach library to stay open despite embezzlement controversy

Posted May 09, 2012, at 11:28 a.m.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine — Old Orchard Beach’s public library is staying open — for now.

Town councilors and trustees of the Libby Memorial Library met Tuesday and verbally agreed not to close the facility.

Trustees had said they would close the library on Wednesday because the town had withheld its quarterly payment in a dispute over finances. Trustees said that meant they could not pay employees.

The town wanted control of the library’s budget after an investigation into the alleged embezzlement of funds by a former bookkeeper who has since died.

Town officials say the employees will be paid.

A meeting is scheduled for next Wednesday to vote on whether to keep the library open.

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