Webster’s resolution approved

By Paul Osolnick

The State College Borough Council adopted a resolution that stated the importance of Webster’s Bookstore Café to the downtown community at its meeting last night.

The resolution “Support of Webster’s Bookstore Café” received a unanimous vote of approval from the council. The final version of the resolution was an edited version of the original proposed by Webster’s patron and supporter Joel Solkoff.

Borough Council President Ron Filippelli made the changes to the resolution drafted by Solkoff and was advised by council member Peter Morris, cutting the resolution down to three paragraphs.

Solkoff said he heartily approved the changes, which cut out his personal statements about the bookstore, but kept the sections that would represent the council’s opinion.

“I thought the condensation represented an improvement,” Solkoff said. “It got the point across.”

Solkoff said he hopes the bookstore will find a new location to conduct business, but was unsure about the possibility of a return of Webster’s.

Solkoff proposed adopting the resolution on July 12 after his request to the council to enter into negotiations with the building landlord and bookstore owner was denied.

After Mayor Elizabeth Goreham read the proposed resolution aloud, it was met with few questions as the proposed resolution simply asked the council to support the bookstore — that will lose its 128 S. Allen St. location at the end of the month.

Along with conveying the support of the council to the bookstore, the resolution stated the influence it has to the community as a “center for social, cultural and intellectual activities, and a focus on promoting local goods and service.”

“This borough council thanks Elaine Meder-Wilgus [Webster’s owner] for her contribution to the borough,” Goreham read to the council. “And sincerely hopes that the spirit of Webster’s will return soon to a new location in downtown State College.”

Meder-Wilgus was not present during the council meeting and could not be reached for comment as of press time Monday.

Read more here: http://www.collegian.psu.edu/archive/2010/07/20/websters_resolution_approved.aspx
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