$350K Request on March Ballot
By Patrick Cronin
Hampton Union, Friday, December 7, 2007
[The following article is courtesy of the Hampton Union and Seacoast Online.]
HAMPTON -- Trustees of the library will be asking voters in March to purchase a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system for Lane Memorial Library.
Selectmen unanimously voted to put forth the $350,000 warrant article to the ballot to replace the system at last week's meeting.
"It's a large dollar amount and it's one of those things that nobody wants to do or spend the money on at home or in a municipal building," said library trustee Sara Casassa.
"But we would not come and ask for this money unless we thought it was absolutely necessary."
Casassa explained the heating and air conditioning system in the building is 25 years old.
The system has had chronic maintenance problems over the last year and a consultant, hired by the library, said it needs to be replaced as soon as possible.
This summer the air conditioning unit broke down, causing officials to close the library because of the heat.
There have also been issues of mold, which has since been removed, because of the lack of ventilation.
"The life of the current system is over," Casassa said.
Casassa said the project is needed because the library will be in that building for at least the next 10 years.
"We have made plans to build a new library but that is somewhere down the road," Casassa said.
Selectmen Bill Lally said the project needs to get done.
"This is a building that is used more than any building in town, other than the school, by a wide variety of people," Lally said.
"The reports I read indicate that it has to be upgraded and changed," Lally said.
Casassa noted the town's Capital Improvement Committee also listed the project as a critical need that should be done next year.