As a major snowstorm looms in the area, the Hampton Bays Public Library is preparing to ask voters to approve a nearly $10 million bond that would pay for renovations and the acquisition of nearby property for additional parking.
Residents will vote Tuesday on a proposed $9,877,000 bond to renovate the Ponoquogue Avenue building, including the addition of a new roof, improved lighting, building-wide insulation, and new energy-efficient heating and cooling systems.
Voting is from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the library’s main floor program room.
Susan LaVista, the library’s director, said Monday that the funding was also necessary for the library to quickly acquire a neighboring property and building to create additional parking and more space for library users.
“The board has weighed all of the issues very carefully,” LaVista said. “They really felt strongly that in the long run, the best option is to do the full renovations now and really fix the building. It would be a longterm solution for generations instead of doing what we’re currently doing, which is making repairs as things happen, and that’s never going to fix everything.”
Library officials are waiting to see whether the vote can still be held. If it is cancelled because of the storm, LaVista said library officials will seek to reschedule it.
Library officials project the bond’s annual cost to be $64 for a home assessed at $350,000.1
The library’s last major renovation and expansion project was finished in 2003 and brought the facility to its current size of approximately 20,000 square feet, according to the library’s official website.
If voters reject the referendum, LaVista said library officials would possibly put the proposition up for a revote. She added that the library may also front the money and inquire about loans for the property acquisition.
Information on the referendum and voter registration is available at hamptonbayslibrary.org.