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Bookmark No. 6

The Great Neck Library has been producing a series of bookmarks to keep the public informed as to the details of the proposed renovation of the Main Library. This bookmark presents the Building Advisory Committee (BAC) process as well as a review of how money can be saved on a renovation.

 

The following building elements are money saving measures: Upgrades of lighting, heating and air conditioning, wiring and electronic communications. Flexible space for changing needs, many multi-purpose spaces, additional quiet study areas, more computer and patron reading spaces and open pond views. The following monetary and economic considerations are important motivators: Entry into the bond market to take advantage of money-saving interest rates. Low cost of construction and building materials, now without fear of monthly escalation charges. Competitive bid processes for all professionals and services; financial consultants, owner’s representatives, construction professionals and furnishings. 

 

The Great Neck Library Building Advisory Committee and Board of Trustees have spent many hours every month actively engaged in the financing of the renovation and keeping costs per household down. Mitigating factors of safety, modernity, environment and design are part of the discussions.

 

Since the last referendum, Great Neck has reduced the renovation budget by more than half, and have been mindful of maintaining our footprint which means no expansion while maintaining award-winning, familiar exterior. The aim is to keep closure to less than a year and produce savings close to $1 million.

 

Programs and services will be moved to the other three branches and community space to provide continuity. Remedial maintenance has cost us over $300,000 in four years and will increase with time. Modernization is projected to reduce annual service costs between 20-25 percent with upgraded windows, heat/ac, lights and environmental improvements. 

 

If you have any questions, call or email Interim Library Director Laura Weir at 516-466-8055 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Public Community Meeting

Attend the Main Library Proposed Building Renovation meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Main Library, 159 Bayview Avenue. The architect will give a presentation of the approved building plan for the renovation of the Great Neck Main Library Building.


News

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say Sewanhaka High School will receive a camera on Covert Avenue, which spans the eastern stretch of the property. Tulip Avenue runs in front of the high school and was also considered. Cameras could begin operation in September.

The Village of New Hyde Park finished its Operation Main Street project just in time, because the town’s eligibility for federal funds is shrinking, officials announced last week.

“The qualifications revolve around money,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Like how much income is being earned by people in the area. I guess as seniors move on, you can’t buy an [expensive home] and it changed the demographic, shrinking our eligible area.”


Sports

New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler and catcher Travis d’Arnaud brightened the day for some patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center last week in New Hyde Park, posing for pictures and handing out gifts and autographs. The players hung out with the kids in the afternoon, playing video games and answering questions.

They also found the time to make the rounds, stopping by bedsides to spread some cheer. Mr. Met also joined the tour and was a big hit with the children, who peppered him with questions about everything from his four-fingered hand to the whereabouts of the missing Mrs. Met.

The Sewanhaka Indians football team has a season of change in store.

The Indians have moved up from Conference III to Conference II, due to an increase in enrollment, and are set to face teams that they have never seen before, according to head coach George Kasimatis.

“It is hard to gauge where we will be in this conference,” he said. “There is a lot of uncertainty as where we fit in.”


Calendar

Library Board Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Herricks School Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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