Zoning Board Meeting Tonight, 7PM ~~ AGENDA
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
In response to the October 2 Letter to the Editor regarding the Greece Library –
Contrary to what the letter states, the used bookstore is NOT being closed down, nor is it being replaced by a coffee shop. The bookstore will be moved – right next door from its current location, and plans are in place to renovate the space to keep the area updated for library patrons and those choosing to browse and purchase the used books.
The plan for a coffee shop at the Library is two-fold. As we all have realized, the library has taken on a changing look and function with the advancement of technology. While there are indeed books still available, the usage of the computers and attendance of programs is the main draw of folks utilizing the library. We see the future of the library as moving toward a community based library – where patrons/residents can come not only for information access, but also for continued learning while utilizing access of the changing technologies.
One needs only to visit a Barnes and Noble bookstore to realize the popularity of the concept of beverages and light snacks being paired with books and learning materials, and how well it fits in with a model of a community gathering and reference destination. Our interest and goal is in getting the next generation of our residents to take advantage of the library and its resources. The coffee shop fits this vision.
It is important for town residents to understand that the only required financial support required from the town toward the operating of the Library is approximately $50,000. However, because of the Towns commitment to our library and our residents that utilize it, the 2014 budget included over $3 Million in funding.
As the Town continues to look for new sources of revenue through these difficult times, the leasing of this space in the library will serve as a financial benefit as well.
Additionally, we would like to thank the Friends of the Greece Public Library; they are a very generous group of volunteers who donate their time and energy to running the used bookstore and contributing approximately $50,000 per year to enhance programs offered by the library. After meeting with their executive board, they were indeed receptive and understood that in exchange for moving just over the wall from their current location that they would continue to have a dedicated “storefront” without cost to them to operate in the library.
So in closing, we envision our residents browsing the vast bookshelves of our library and proceeding to relax with a cup of coffee or hot cocoa. Book clubs and other organizations will be able to hold meetings in a central location that is naturally tranquil, and this will inevitably increase traffic to the library in the long run. The future of libraries is changing, and the Town of Greece public libraries deserve to stay on pace with these advances.
SCATS ~~ So then ... methinks this sheds insight on Reilich's poor view of Greece's Library operations!
- It is true the CURRENT bookstore will be closed and moved. Is the new space smaller?
- WHERE ARE THE NUMBERS to support the claim that library users want computers and programs over loaned materials??
- WHERE & WHEN was the public discussion/input on this idea?
- Are we trying to compete with Barnes & Noble? This concept did NOT work for the library before, even though it was already working for B&N at the time. What makes it workable now?
- WHY would the Town tell us their only "required financial support" is a mere $50,000, unless that was intended as some veiled threat to REDUCE FUTURE FUNDING??
- Is there ANY NEARBY TOWN that is only funding its library at the required minimum?
- How much income does the Town anticipate it will receive from leasing this space for a coffeeshop?
- What if there are no interested parties? Is there a Plan B?
- Who will provide security services for this operation?
- WHERE/WHEN will sufficient added parking be provided to accommodate the teeming throngs of the groups Reilich has KICKED OUT OF TOWN HALL MEETING ROOMS?
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Clarence Lambert, 22, is charged with obstructing commerce by robbery and with possessing and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
Lambert and a woman tried to sell a $4,800 watch at a Rochester pawnshop.
Lambert is accused of participating in a home invasion at a house on Polo Place in Greece on October 7. According to the complaint, Lambert and others took $200,000 in cash, diamonds and watches from the house. WHEC-TV
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
He explains to her that school board's job is to make policy (i.e. write policy compelling Supt. to do the survey), not write & review athletic/coaching surveys about specific coaches and their performance.
Discussion on this topic provided much insight into the firing of the soccer coach several months ago.
An internal audit of the Greece Central School District reveals that WGMC, the district's radio station, CONTINUES to lose money, as we reported back in Nov. of 2012.
At that time, we were told that a corrective action plan was being developed to ensure the $107,792 that WGMC owed to GCSD would be repaid AND that the station could survive financially on its own. They reported a decade's worth of losses back then. Currently, their deficit fund balance totals $90,930 almost 2 yrs. later.
When will GCSD cut bait on this losing enterprise? Or does Rob Linton own the Greece BOE?