Written by By Carol Frank Thursday, 28 May 2009 07:37
The May 19 meeting of the Great Neck Library Board of Trustees covered a wide range of topics including the recent independent financial audit completed by Baldessari & Coster.
Copies of the 28-page audit are available at the Main library and the branches. The auditors concluded that the financial reports generated by the library “present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position” of the library.
Recently, the board has hired consultants to help them maneuver the complicated process ahead of simultaneously developing plans, seeking variances from the Town of North Hempstead, gaining environmental approvals for the project and eventually overseeing the work. The firm of Park East Construction Corporation is being offered the job of construction manager, subject to a successful contract negotiation. The environmental firm EEA has been offered the job of assisting in the environmental review. Bond counsel and zoning counsel will also be retained.
The board is also considering engaging Muni-Stat Services, financial advisors, for a sum not to exceed $10,000 for the purpose of comparing alternate sources of funding and financing.
Director Jane Marino stated that 396 surveys from the public have been returned; she and the board urge everyone to participate in the survey, which may be accessed online. Hard copies of the survey are also available at Main and the branches.
The library board is considering adding a new program that would run for a year on a trial basis. For a fee of approximately $2,000, the library would purchase passes to museums on Long Island. Patrons would reserve a pass to a specific participating museum that would accommodate up to four people. Only one pass per museum would be offered at a time. Late fees for returning the pass would be stiff, $4 per day. Additionally, if a pass were lost, the fee to a patron would be $45. Some of the museums being considered are the Children’s Museum, Old Westbury Gardens, the Cradle of Aviation, and the Museum of Art in Roslyn. Evidently, this is a program currently being offered by other Long Island libraries to its patrons. The board did not vote on the issue on Tuesday evening, but may take a vote at its next board meeting.
Organizations that want to rent the community room at Main will be charged a higher fee. Fees have been constant since 1997. The fee during the day was $10 and will now be $25. The fee for using the room in the evening past the library closing time was $35 and will now be $50.