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ZBA turns down East Hampton Library expansion

The first floor has only 3500 square feet, and about 600 of that is exterior walls the rest is in the basement mostly for storage and corridors." Jul 25, 10 9:25 PM

The people in Springs use about 40% of the library services but pay only 20% of the taxpayer cost because of the more expensive homes and commercial properties in the East Hampton school district. That is a pretty good deal for the folks in Springs. The library did an exhaustive study and found out that a new library in Springs would increase the library tax for Springs residents by 314%. That's why the library rules out that option. " Jul 25, 10 9:31 PM

After the new addition and the new 16 parking spaces are added, about 84% of the open space you now see around the library would be preserved. " Jul 25, 10 9:34 PM

The opposition says its OK for people in Springs and Northwest to come to the village for church, mail, entertainment and to spend money on shopping and restaurants but they should not come for free library services. They want to exclude those people and turn the library into a village library which a few years ago they controlled. The new library board is geographically diversified with members from Springs, Wainscott, Northwest and Three Mile Harbor. That started all the trouble." Jul 26, 10 5:41 AM

After the new addition and the new 16 parking spaces are added, about 84% of the open space you now see around the library would be preserved. The addition is paid by private donations. No taxpayer money is involved" Jul 26, 10 5:46 AM

The addition is paid by private donations. No taxpayer money is involved" Jul 26, 10 1:18 PM

You are wrong. The library has never had a " vote for expansion". You must be confusing the library with the School on Long Lane. The last expansion at the library in 1997, cost $3,500,000 and every penny was donated privately." Jul 27, 10 9:33 AM

The addition includes on the first floor 2,250 square feet for children's books and two homework rooms. That allows shelf space for about 10,000 more books for the kids. By constructing this new space, the adult collection can take back the 500 square feet that was converted from adult to children's books in 1997 when the last addition was built. That returned space allows for 5000 new best selling adult books. This was clearly described when the application was submitted in 2003." Jul 27, 10 9:56 AM

The size of the new wing was not arbitrarily arrived upon but was determined by architects who have built many many libraries. They determined the amount of space necessary to shelve the additional books necessary to bring the children's book collection to the average size of all East End libraries. Right now the East Hampton Library has the smallest collection in the area. Once the shelf space was determined the architects determined the amount of square feet for the shelves and the amount space for building code requirements (walls,stairs,elevator ,etc)" Jul 27, 10 1:33 PM

Razza, you are mixed up. The school district vote on the King street bus terminal had nothing to do with the library. That proposal did involve spending tax monies by the school district not the library. . The Children's Wing at the library (which has nothing to do with the school district) definitely does not involve tax money since all of its costs will be paid from private donations. Do you understand the difference?" Jul 27, 10 7:14 PM

The library board has an obligation to provide proper library services to the residents of the community. The referendum will advise the Library Board what the community wants ... and that is of great significance. After all, the ZBA are just political appointees. No taxpayer dollars have or will be spent in the planning, appeal, or construction of the new wing. " Jul 27, 10 7:22 PM

Mr Z.... The Village Design Review Board already unanimously approved the earlier and larger version of the proposed addition. On the other hand, the ZBA rejected every one of the library's five offers to reduce the size of the addition after the library had gotten the approval of the Design Review Board. . There is no expense to the library or the public for the planning, appeal, or construction of the new wing since all funds are privately donated. You understand that don't you?" Jul 27, 10 7:28 PM

Mr. Z. PBR doesn't understand the issues involved.
The size of the new wing was not arbitrarily arrived upon but was determined by architects who have built many, many libraries. They determined the amount of space necessary to shelve the additional books necessary to bring the children's book collection to the average size of all East End libraries. Right now the East Hampton Library has the smallest collection in the area. Once the shelf space was determined the architects determined the amount of square feet for the shelves and the amount space for building code requirements (walls,stairs,elevator ,etc)" Jul 27, 10 7:34 PM

PBR

The opposition says its OK for people in Springs and Northwest to come to the village for church, mail, entertainment and to spend money on shopping and restaurants but they should not come for free library services. They want to exclude those people and turn the library into a village library which a few years ago they controlled. The new library board is geographically diversified with members from Springs, Wainscott, Northwest and Three Mile Harbor. That started all the trouble." Jul 27, 10 7:37 PM

The village ZBA put it in writing in their denial last week." Jul 28, 10 5:46 PM

In reply to PBR ... The ZBA and its opposition ally the Village Preservation Society, have repeatedly made it clear they do not want the Library to serve residents outside the Village.

For example, in the Final Environmental Impact Study (p31) the ZBA states:

" this proposal to enlarge the only Library building in the center of the Village is inconsistent with the goals of having each neighborhood or hamlet servicing its own residents' needs"

The fact is that the Library for over 100 years by virtue of its 1898 Regents Charter has had the legal obligation to service Springs, Northwest, Wainscott and the other areas outside the Village. " Jul 29, 10 8:29 AM

PBR --- Nice try. Goodbye" Jul 30, 10 10:10 PM

Lisa Clare Kombrink joins Southampton Hospital's board of directors

Lisa is a terrific lawyer and will be a great asset to the hospital board. Since she knows the community very well having served as Town Attorney, Lisa is in a position to bring valuable feedback to her colleagues on the hospital board." Oct 14, 10 1:47 PM

Bishop Leads Altschuler After Absentee Ballots Counted

As of a few moments ago, it seems Bishop will win. The East End has the most absentee left and Bishop only needs to win 52% which he will easily do. " Nov 18, 10 7:36 PM

Activisits Sound Off On Noise Reduction Claims At East Hampton Airport

Peace and quiet has come to Northwest Woods. Since the Control Tower began operations, helicopter noise has disappeared from the area. If you have doubts, call your friends and relatives in Northwest Woods to verify what I have said. " Jul 18, 12 8:33 AM

Southampton Residents Upset About East Hampton Airport Helicopter Route Change

What the story fails to report is that of the 1,120 noise complaints from Sag Harbor, 551 were from one individual. And 10 individuals filed about 80% of the complaints. I hope Ms Abbas reports these facts in future stories." Aug 8, 12 9:04 AM