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Great Neck Library Update: Cooling Tower Issue

Cooling Tower Flared into Hot Issue

It was welcome news to the Great Neck Library trustees and the public that the cooling tower replacement for the Main library came in significantly less than an earlier estimate of $400,000. In fact, the accepted bid for the equipment and the installation was $110,000. But that was not good news for the construction management firm, Park East Construction, that had an agreement to oversee the process for the library at a percentage of the project’s cost.

The firm backed out of the agreement citing that any fee derived from the project was not worth their time. The library director, Jane Marino, turned to Power Cooling, another firm that had bid on the job and the board has given them the go-ahead to complete the work.

As six to eight weeks are necessary for a turnaround time for ordering and installing the equipment to insure it is in place by summer, quick action was needed.

The new system is designed to provide coverage for the building for the present and will be sufficient when Main is eventually renovated to maximize the existing footprint and space.

In other news, the library will phase out the quarterly newsletter that is mailed to all residents’ homes. Patrons may receive newsletters online and printed hard copy versions will be made available at the Main library, its branches and perhaps distributed at the Senior Center.

Budget work sessions for the development of the 2013 budget are underway. Library board members are examining the budget line-by-line to determine other cost cutting measures that will not have a negative impact on services.

The next work session will be held on March 20 at 8 p.m. at the Main Library on Bayview Avenue. The public is invited to attend.