Written by Carol Frank Friday, 06 September 2013 00:00
Another step in the long journey to renovate the Great Neck Library’s only building that it owns, Main, was taken on Aug. 27 at a board meeting. The board of trustees voted unanimously to approve a number of $10.4 million for bonding.
On Nov. 19, the public will have an opportunity to vote on a 20-year bond for $10.4 estimated to cover the costs of completely gutting the building, installing all new infrastructure systems and making a classic building with a gorgeous backdrop, all new inside with more public spaces and a flexible, more functional layout.
The final plan and the final amount to be bonded represents two years of intense, hard work by the board of trustees and the building advisory committee, a diverse group of community residents, library professionals and construction professionals ... all of whom volunteered their time to hammer out a plan maximizing the space within the footprint of the building. The board is united and backed by the committee in presenting this plan and budget to the community.
At the board meeting, the trustees unanimously voted to engage a construction attorney, Charles W. Segal, a partner at Jaspan Schlesinger.
The board also engaged a financial advisor, Noah Nadelson, vice president at Munistat Services, Inc., a firm with expertise in guiding local governments, school districts and libraries through the bonding process. Nadelson stated that if the bond is approved by the public, he will provide the board with a breakdown on the pros and cons on borrowing either through the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York or the Town of North Hempstead’s Business & Tourism Development Corporation.
Calgi Construction Management has been hired as an owner’s representative for the library to assure that the construction is proceeding efficiently and properly with a goal of protecting the public’s interests during all phases of the work.
President Dominic Calgi reviewed the proposed budgetary information for the renovation and pointed out a few areas where costs might be greater than budgeted. Board
President Marietta DiCamillo stated that the library has unencumbered funds that would be available to cover those situations. In addition, she stated that there will be some cost savings when Main is closed for renovations.
A new fund was established for the Patio Garden so that donations may be made to enhance the patio adjacent to where the children’s collection will be located. Improvements for the patio were not included in the bond issue in order to keep the taxation as low as possible. DiCamillo announced that Norman Rutta will chair a fundraising committee for this special improvement. The first check for the fund came from library trustees in honor of fellow trustee Joel Marcus and his wife Maxine’s 50th wedding anniversary.
Christine Johnson, a senior librarian for technical services, was appointed as a temporary assistant to the interim director, Laura Weir. Johnson will be taking on a number of vital responsibilities and was lauded as an “extremely capable and hard working employee.”