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Library Updates

Bond Vote Passed!!!

2593 votes

1758 YES

835 NO

On behalf of the Library Board of Trustees, we would like to extend a sincere thank you to our community for the positive support and passing of the Bayport-Blue Point Library Bond. You can be sure that the Trustees will do everything they can to bring our community a new library at the St. Ursuline Center; one that will improve library services and enhance the value of our community for decades to come. The new library will be a benefit for the entire family, nestled in a beautiful setting, which will offer an increased array of programs, technology and enrichment services. As stated on several occasions, the Board will be pursuing all opportunities to reduce the cost and will be working with community representatives on the possible uses for the current building. The Board will keep everyone informed of their progress and looks forward to seeing everyone at the ribbon cutting.

Dear Bayport-Blue Point Library Residents:

Our community information meeting brought out many of our neighbors and friends on Wednesday evening, October 24, to learn about the library’s proposed building project and bond referendum vote. We are pleased that the community has shown an eagerness to learn what the proposed new library would mean for the community and how the bond referendum would impact us. The board was impressed with the excellent questions community members asked, and we are pursuing some of the suggestions that were proposed. We do regret that we were not able to have an extended question and answer period because the room was booked for an evening program.

There will be a board meeting on Wednesday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m.; another community information meeting on Thursday, November 29 at 7:00 p.m.; and tours of the St. Ursula Center on November 3 from Noon to 4:00 p.m and again on December 2 from Noon to 3:00 p.m. Please call the library at 631-363-6133 to book a time for the tour. I also encourage anyone with questions or comments to call or visit the Director at the library.

Thank you for your continued support.

Respectfully,

The Library Board of Trustees

Ronald F. Devine, Jr., President
Mary Ellen Adams
Stephanie Heineman
Susan Kennedy-Smith
Kimberly McAward

Mike Firestone
Library Director

Updated Bond Referendum Packet (Nov 5, 2018)

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Library Update – October 11, 2018

The Bayport-Blue Point Library Board is moving ahead with a proposed bond vote on December 6, 2018 to renovate the former St. Ursuline Center for a new library. After months of gathering the necessary information to make an informed decision, the board will present a bond for $16,847,800 million. The bond covers both the $3,650,000 for the purchase of the center and the $13,197,800 for the required renovations to convert the building from a community residence to a community library.

The board made the decision based on several factors. First, it would be almost as costly to renovate and to expand the current library building; it provides an opportunity to increase library services to our young children, our teens, our seniors and general library patrons in a building that will meet the standards of today’s building codes, including compliance with the American Disabilities Act. Another major factor is that it will preserve a unique community asset. The building’s historic character will be maintained and the grounds will be protected for current and future generations of Bayport-Blue Point community members to enjoy.

The board stated that the approximate tax increase for the average Brookhaven resident is approximately $19.11 per month; while Islip residents will see an average increase of about $18.88 per month, both over an 18-year bond. Although the maximum amount of the bond is the $16,847,800 million, Library Board President Ronald Devine stated that after the sale of the current library property and the application for building grants, the goal is to have the bond amount decreased by 10 to 15 percent.

Library Update – September 2018

Dear Bayport-Blue Point Library Residents:

In our previous report on the update on the St. Ursula property, we informed the community that the Library Board was in negotiations to try to come to terms on an acquisition price for the St. Ursula property. At this time, we would like to report that we do finally have terms agreed upon for $3,650,000 and will be moving forward with a Public Referendum Vote asking for your approval to acquire and renovate this property into your new and improved community library facility.

The Library Board will be holding two community information meetings on October 24, at 5:30 p.m. and November 29, at 7:00 p.m. and will also be sending home proposition information over the next several weeks.

The Vote will take place on December 6, 2018 at the library and final details will be released to our community as soon as we have all the information.

Thank you for your continued support.

Respectfully,

The Library Board of Trustees

Ronald F. Devine, Jr., President
Mary Ellen Adams
Stephanie Heineman
Susan Kennedy-Smith
Kimberly McAward

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Library Update – August 2018

Dear Bayport-Blue Point Library Residents

In our previous report on the update on the St. Ursula Property, we informed the community that the SEQRA report was finalized and an appraisal was completed for the Library.  As this newsletter goes to print, the board continues negotiations with the sellers working to pursue a suitable price for the property.  As soon as we know whether or not those negotiations are successful, we will provide the community with the information.  Thank you for your continued support.

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Respectfully,
The Library Board of Trustees
Ronald F. Devine, Jr., President
Susan Kennedy-Smith
Mary Ellen Adams

Stephanie Heineman
Kimberly McAward

Update on Library Project(s)

Dear Bayport-Blue Point Library Residents

Since our last update, the Library Board authorized a property appraisal of the St. Ursula Property as well as for the current library location. The Board also authorized the hiring of a company to perform an environmental review of the St. Ursula Property, known as SEQRA, for public municipalities.

The board required the appraisal and the information from the SEQRA review to help determine if the St. Ursula Property would be a viable location for a potential new library.

The property appraisal and SEQRA reports were completed and returned to the library in early April. The SEQRA review came back with no additional recommendations or added concerns about the property.

The appraisal report was delivered to the Library Board who is currently working on negotiating terms with the St. Ursula Property representatives. If they can reach a suitable agreement, this would be one of the final pieces of information that will enable the Library Board’s Bond Counsel to make a final determination of the costs for the entire proposed project. Once the Board has this information, they will be able to make a definitive decision about whether or not to present this plan to the community and post a bond referendum date.

The Library Board also approved the hire of Park East Construction Corp. at the May 9 Board meeting. They have been retained to serve as the Library’s Construction Manager and will verify and vet all plans, costs and work to ensure that all information is accurate.

We encourage you to attend our up-coming Library Board Meetings – which will be held on June 13, July 11 and August 8, at 7:00 p.m., in the Library Meeting Room – to remain informed of the Library Board’s action on this important community decision.

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Respectfully,
The Library Board of Trustees
Ronald F. Devine, Jr., President
Susan Kennedy-Smith
Mary Ellen Adams

Stephanie Heineman
Kimberly McAward

Update on Library Project(s)


Dear Bayport-Blue Point Library Residents


As of January 30, the Library learned that the contract to sell the St. Ursula Center to Seafield Treatment Center has been terminated which means that this facility is back on the open market. This information will allow the Library Board to complete their due diligence on this property. As we have informed you, we have taken the initial steps of having BBS Architects do a preliminary cost estimate for turning the Ursuline Center into a library.



The Library Board hopes to have final reports presented to them by mid to end of March to help determine a final plan to propose to the residents of the Bayport-Blue Point Community sometime in 2018.



In order to keep everyone informed of the Library Board’s action, we encourage you to attend our board meetings which will be held on February 8, March 14 and March 28 at 7 p.m. in the library meeting room.



Respectfully,

The Library Board of Trustees
Susan Kennedy-Smith, President
Mary Ellen Adams
Ronald F. Devine, Jr.
Stephanie Heineman
Kimberly McAward








Update on Library Project(s)


Dear Bayport-Blue Point Library Residents


At the January 10 Board of Trustee’s meeting, BBS, the libraries’ architects, released their final report to the library board. As a reminder, BBS was charged with exploring and comparing our current library with the potential of the St. Ursula Center being made into a library.

This process included an evaluation of our current building and again the feasibility of transforming the convent into a library. A program plan was put together and used to try and compare fitting a 21st century library into both locations.
As this report was handed over to the board to analyze and review, the St. Ursula’s property is currently in contract with another party. The board will continue to monitor the St. Ursula’s site while at the same time work on a plan to address the library’s needs.

We would also like to update you that our February 14 Board Meeting has been moved to February 8 at 7:00 p.m due to a conflict.

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Respectfully,

The Library Board of Trustees
Susan Kennedy-Smith, President
Mary Ellen Adams
Ronald F. Devine, Jr.
Stephanie Heineman
Kimberly McAward











Building Update


Dear Bayport-Blue Point Library Residents


At this time we believe that the St. Ursala Center entered into a contract of sale with Seafield Treatment Center. As many of you already knew, we were in the process of evaluating that property as a potential library location while studying expansion and renovation options for our current facility.The Library Board is continuing to gather information on possible expansion or relocation.


We will continue to keep you informed as we have more information to share in the New Year.



Respectfully,

The Library Board of Trustees
Susan Kennedy-Smith, President
Mary Ellen Adams
Ronald F. Devine, Jr.
Stephanie Heineman
Kimberly McAward







Building Update


Dear Bayport-Blue Point Library Residents


The Library Board has been doing its due diligence with regard to the exploration of the St. Ursula Center as a proposed library site while at the same time evaluating our current facility.


At the September Board Meeting the Board approved the hiring of Strategic Planning Systems to conduct an independent survey regarding the community’s mindset on the library.


As previously stated, exploration is a lengthy process and the Board is a long way from determining the practicality of a proposal for either site. We are working judiciously to gather the facts needed to make informed decisions.


We will continue to keep you informed as we proceed through the process.



Respectfully,

The Library Board of Trustees
Susan Kennedy-Smith, President
Mary Ellen Adams
Ronald F. Devine, Jr.
Stephanie Heineman
Kimberly McAward








Building Update




Dear Bayport-Blue Point Library Residents



The library board has been doing its due diligence with regard to the exploration of the St. Ursula’s property as a proposed library site. At the August board meeting the Board of Trustees approved the hiring of BBS Architects, Landscape Architects & Engineers, P.C. to do a feasibility study of both the convent and our current library facility.


As previously stated, exploration is a lengthy process and the board is a long way from determining the practicality of a proposal for either site. We are working judiciously to gather the facts needed to make informed decisions.


We will continue to keep you informed as we proceed through the process.




Respectfully,

The Library Board of Trustees
Susan Kennedy-Smith, President
Mary Ellen Adams
Ronald F. Devine, Jr.
Stephanie Heineman
Kimberly McAward









July 2017 Update


Dear Bayport-Blue Point Library Residents,


The Board of Trustees would like to update our patrons with regard to the potential of the library moving to the St. Ursula Convent. We are a long way from determining if this makes sense for the library and subsequently asking for the community’s support to do so.


At this time Suffolk County Legislators Rob Calarco and Bill Lindsay III have introduced legislation in the Suffolk County Legislature to have an appraisal completed on the property. They have been working with Brookhaven Town Councilman Neil Foley on designating some of the property for recreational purposes and a portion as open space for the Town of Brookhaven. The Library Board, in an effort to be responsive to these actions and to answer many issues that would arise for the library, has voted to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to determine the feasibility and cost of renovating the convent.


As stated previously, there are many issues surrounding the practicality of relocating the library to the convent site. The Library Board is approaching the myriad issues cautiously in an effort to make judicious, well-informed decisions. We will continue to keep you informed as we move along in this process.



Respectfully,
The Library Board of Trustees
Ronald F. Devine, Jr., President
Susan Kennedy-Smith
Mary Ellen Adams

Stephanie Heineman
Kimberly McAward