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End-of-Year Chapter at the Great Neck Library

The library board had its end of year meeting on Dec. 21. Although the matter was discussed obliquely during the first part of the meeting when checks to be issued were approved, it became apparent that the board was withholding a payment to their attorney, Kevin Seaman. Evidently, a clause in the contract with the landlord at Station Branch required them to continue to pay a common fee for the space just vacated at Gardens of Great Neck. The unanticipated fee was for $10,000. While some board members expressed embarrassment that this had occurred, since it applies to a personnel matter, they were not at liberty to fully divulge the details of the misunderstanding involving the prior lease.

The board voted to discontinue the museum pass program when the last agreement expires in August of 1011. An analysis had been done by the director and staff which showed that the usage of the program did not justify the expense.

A report was given to the entire board regarding the public hearing at the Town of North Hempstead’s zoning board meeting. It is expected that the redrawing of the parking lot will be done promptly and all documentation needed by the zoning board will soon be satisfied.

It was further determined to issue a request for proposals (RFP) to engage a public relations firm to assist the library board in fully informing the public about the plans for renovation and expansion of Main. Under the law, the library may not “sell” the public on the idea, but must make sure that the public is well informed as to all aspects of the renovation/expansion before it goes for a vote in a public referendum.

Although it was not an agenda item, the board, without any preamble or discussion, voted to grant a 2 percent raise to the director next year. The ayes carried with Marietta Di Camillo abstaining and with Martin Sokel absent. The staff will not have a raise this next year.