Got an email yesterday from Congresswoman Suzann Delbene's liaison person that he will be coming up to Point Roberts next month and would like to see our current library and our proposed new library, as well as be briefed on the status of our fundraising campaign. All good news!
We wrote to Ms. Delbene last January and a staff person kindly replied to us on her behalf, indicating she would be happy to help us in such ways as she might. One of the things that particularly interests me in having her support is that she is on the Agriculture Committee in the Congress and the Agriculture Committee has programs to support rural libraries. Back when we had a stimulus (before our library project was underway) there was quite a lot of money available for rural library capital projects. There may still be some such money around under different programs and it is good to have one's congressperson on your side.
State Senator Doug Erickson has also indicated his willingness to look into state funding, but we have yet to hear back from our state legislators, Vincent Buys and Jason Overstreet. Gosh, what ever happened to constituent service? When I worked in the U.S. Congress as a liaison back in the late 60's, a typed letter (they were all hand-typed then) from a constituent practically got a telegram response.