Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Group recommends naming library after Duncan

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After bitter disagreement, an advisory group voted Tuesday to recommend naming the new Rockville Library after former Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan.

The motion, which passed the ad hoc advisory body over the objections of two members from Rockville, will now go to County Executive Isiah ‘‘Ike” Leggett for a final decision.

Leggett has previously gone on record in support of the name, which was first suggested late last year by County Councilman George L. Leventhal (D-At large) of Takoma Park.

Most Rockville residents responding to the suggestion oppose naming the new building in Town Square after Duncan, who, they say, was no friend of the library when it came to funding.

A motion to recommend naming the facility the Rockville Memorial Library, after soldiers from Montgomery County who fell in Iraq and Afghanistan, failed by a vote of 2-4, with one abstention.

The seven-member committee includes three county administrators, Leventhal, a member of the county historic preservation committee, a Rockville resident and Rockville City Councilwoman Anne M. Robbins.

The motion to recommend calling the building the Douglas M. Duncan Rockville Library passed by a vote of 4-2, with one abstention. Robbins and Rockville resident Gayl Selkin-Gutman voted against it.

If Leggett approves the recommendation, he will have to waive an administrative policy that requires the nominee to be inactive in his or her field of service for five years before a building can be named in his or her honor.