Thursday, September 11, 2014

Future Of Barnard Library Uncertain





I am concerned about the future of the Barnard Crossing Branch of the Greece Public Library.

On September 16th, Greece Town Board will consider moving the Barnard Crossing Library Branch to a new location, the Chatfield Engineers Building. The new location is significantly smaller and has less space for parking.

Unfortunately, there has been no public discourse regarding this plan.

How will this significant reduction in space impact the ability of the library to serve the people in the community? We deserve to have a say!

If you have concerns about this plan, please voice your concerns at the Public Forum that precedes the Town Board Meeting.

Please ask the Town Board to vote NO, or at least to table this item and schedule a Public Hearing where patrons of the library can be informed, ask questions, and voice their opinions.

Rita Eygabroad Garretson
   

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rita must be warming up to be a Candidate for something again.

If she runs against Antelli I'll be voting for Rita even though I'm a Republican.

Anonymous said...

The Barnard branch is barely used and is overstaffed. There's more workers then people visiting when I go in there. Downsizing makes sense.

SCATS said...

To 7:01AM ~~ Barely used? WHEN do you go there? Over the summer, it's a madhouse.

If it's over-staffed, then fix the glitch. Should be easy to do! That's no reason to shutdown the whole thing.

Anonymous said...

I didn't know about this. We love that library! The staff is great and always helpful. I've often found books there that I could not locate at the (Greece) Long Pond branch. While I do like the Long Pond library, I sincerely hope the Barnard one stays open ..... at least until I'm able to sell my darn house and get out of Greece and the GCSD for good ;)

Anonymous said...

Has anyone asked the library staff if they know why?

Is the lease up? Building owner won't renew it? Jacked the rent up?

SCATS said...

To 2:35PM ~~ The first I heard about it was her post to my Facebook.

SCATS said...

I wouldn't be surprised if she heard at the Agenda Setting meeting for the Town Board ...

Anonymous said...

The current lease is up and it was a bad one. Required the town to pay all repairs to the property. From the roof to the parking lot. Things the landlord normally would take care of. So the move next door will keep the public space the same size just a slight reduction in backroom office space for staff.
It also will be brand new remodeled space and at a $10,000 annual savings in rent.

SCATS said...

To 5:29PM ~~ What bothers me most is that YOU have this info which hasn't been shared by our electeds with the public (until now). WHY NOT??

Anonymous said...

4:01pm this was discussed with the library board and at agenda review and I believe next weeks town board meeting. It was shared with the employees of the library a month ago when the decision was made. The new lease is not going to be signed until the town board approves it so it is not shared with the public until the new lease is signed. This is all breaking info I learned at the library.

SCATS said...

To 11:44PM ~~ ANYONE can attend the agenda setting meetings, so it WAS shared with the public ... a minute fraction of it.

Anonymous said...

GEE
I wonder who owns the curtrent building?

Could it be like the Town Court in a crap shopping center lease that paid back Team R's number 1 contributor for years? Funny how Greece could pay all that rent, but couldn't afford to build a Court House on Tofany Blvd.

Anonymous said...

1:20am you are in fantasy land Reilic did not take over until Jan. 2014 this library has been there for over 10 years. The new location, (I know because I just spent 4 hours reviewing campaign filings) Paul Chatfield has never given a donation in any amount.
It is a better lease and a nicer location. Just accept that!
P.S. In looking at the filings Reilic dose not need anyone's contributions to beat the pathetic Democrats. He has enough in his account to run races for the next twelve years!
Just be thankful he renewed the lease and recommitted to the Dewy Stone neighborhood another five years.

SCATS said...

To 5:47PM ~~ Sorry, but I don't just "accept" anything on here. Besides, you just engaged in double-speak!

If it is a BETTER lease and a NICER location, then show us the evidence.

Then you say he "renewed the lease" ... what lease did he renew?

Anonymous said...

I miss spoke, when I said renewed the lease I meant to say decided to keep the branch in Dewey Stone neighborhood open.