JACKSON TWP.  During the regular meeting on Sept. 12, Jackson Township trustees presented the results of a recent professional poll about whether the Jackson Township Library should be in its own building or remain in the storefront location in the Marketplace at Nobles Pond shoping plaza.

The room started to fill when the 5:30 p.m. work session began. Fiscal Officer Randy Gonzalez said trustees decided to use professional pollster Shane Jackson to work with a polling company to complete the scientific poll. The trustees wanted to hear what residents felt about the Jackson Library Branch and where it should be located.

Gonzalez said between 500 and 600 people were called. The results show that the residents prefer the building over the SmartStore location in the plaza. More than 60 percent responded they prefer the library be rebuilt in North Park, across from Jackson High School, versus staying in Nobles Pond.

Another question posed was if residents would prefer a new building over an expanded SmartStart. The answer was 48 percent want the new building with 26 percent selecting the expanded SmartStore location. The remaining percentages responded with don’t know or had no answer.

Gonzalez said the trustees and residents in the early 1990s were responsible for making the library branch possible in the township.

"We supported building the library then by leasing them the land for $1 and then raised $500,000 as seed money to build the library, which they have to return that money if they don’t build a new library. The polling results clearly show what the residents want," Gonzalez said.

The trustees said the poll with the results can be found on the township’s Facebook page.

OTHER ACTIONS:

- Paid bills in the amount of $2.17 million.

- Swore in full-time patrol officer Ryan C. Mack effective. Chief Mark Brink said Mack is the 44th full-time officer employed by the township.

- Approved $2,840 for vehicle repairs for the Public Works Department.

- Approved spending $11,561 on new park equipment.

- Set Trick-or-Treat for 3 to 5 p.m., Oct. 29.

REMINDER:  The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is on Sept. 23 and the Jackson Police Department will be offering a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day at the Jackson Safety Center on Fulton Road.

UP NEXT: The next regularly scheduled meeting is 5 p.m., Sept. 26 at the Township Hall.