2009-01-01 / Local & State

Council Members Challenge Philly Library Closures

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Three Philadelphia council members have filed an emergency motion in Common Pleas Court seeking to prevent Mayor Michael Nutter from closing 11 city libraries without the council's permission.

The motion filed by City Council members Bill Green, Jack Kelly and Jannie Blackwell cites two ordinances and a section of the city charter in saying the mayor cannot sell city buildings without council approval.

City Solicitor Shelley Smith was not available to respond Wednesday. But she has said at least one of the ordinances cited is invalid since it conflicts with the charter's requirement that the mayor balance the budget.

On Tuesday, seven residents and a municipal union filed a lawsuit seeking to prevent the closures. A hearing is scheduled Monday on the council members' motion and the lawsuit.

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