New Building FAQ

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The Galway School District Vote on the construction of a new Library Building will be held along with the Library Annual Budget Vote and Board of Trustees Election.  It will take place on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 from 10AM to 8PM at the Galway Town Hall, 5910 Sacandaga Rd, Galway, NY.

The plan to be voted on is smaller and less costly than the one previously proposed. The Board of Trustees has held several meetings with community representatives, gathering feedback on the kind of library building which community residents can support, to provide the services residents need and want.  

The Basics:

Building Size    5,930 square feet

Architects’ Estimated Total Project Cost    $2,567,000

Bonded Indebtedness    $1,150,000

Impact on Taxpayer, owning $200,000 Full-Market-Value Property: an additional $34/Year (includes extra operating costs in a new building)

More Information Available:

Community meetings will be held at the Galway Town Hall on May 3 at 7PM and May 6 at 11AM, and at the Providence Town Hall on May 10 at 7PM to provide information on the new building.  There will also be a public information meeting at the Library on June 7 at 7PM to discuss the budget and the new building.

The Referendum:

(June 14th, 10:00AM – 8:00PM at Galway Town Hall)

PROPOSITION #1:    “Shall the budget for the Galway Public Library for the fiscal year 2017-2018 be approved and the amount of $154,340 be raised for such purpose by taxes levied on all the taxable real property within the Galway Central School District?”

PROPOSITION #2:  Shall (1) the Board of Trustees of the Galway Public Library (the “Library”) be authorized to construct a new Library building to be located on East Street in Galway, New York, including the acquisition of equipment, machinery, apparatus, appurtenances, site work and other improvements, and expenses in connection therewith, at an estimated maximum cost of $2,567,000, and expend such sum for such purpose; and (2) the Board of Education of the Galway Central School District (the “District”) be authorized to levy the necessary tax therefor, to be levied and collected in annual installments in such years and in such amounts as may be determined by the Board of Education; and in anticipation of the collection of such tax, issue bonds and notes of the District at one time or from time to time in the principal amount not to exceed $1,150,000, and levy a tax to pay the interest on said obligations when due?

VACANCIES ON THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES:  To elect three (3) Trustees of the Galway Public Library for either the remaining years of a five-year term or for one of two five-year terms: one commencing on June 14, 2017 and expiring June 30, 2020, to succeed Paul Ashman who resigned effective March 2, 2017, and who had been appointed to the seat vacated by Jim Hodsoll who resigned effective November 3, 2016; and two commencing on July 1, 2017 and expiring on June 30, 2022, to succeed Phyllis Keeler and Arlene Rhodes.

Voting Information:

Petitions for trustee candidates are available at the library and need to be returned to the library with signatures no later than 30 days prior to the vote (May 14). More information and member qualifications are available here: Board of Trustees Positions

There will be a voter registration day on May 31 from 7:30AM to 3:30PM at the school.

Absentee ballots may be applied for at the school office from Linda Casatelli.  Applications must be received by her at least 7 days prior to the vote if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or on or prior to June 13, 2017, if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter.  The absentee ballots must be received by Linda Casatelli no later than 5PM on June 14, 2017.

Conceptual Plan for New Building Includes:

  • Room for expanded collections of books and e-books
  • Expanded children’s section and dedicated teen area
  • A 45-seat multi-function program room available even when the library is closed
  • More public computers and technology for presentations
  • Comfortable seating with well-lit work areas complete with free wireless internet
  • Space dedicated to the study and research of area history and genealogy
  • Ample parking
  • Outdoor area available for nature study and programming as well as recreation

final planWe have a New Building Donation Form available to make it easy for you to contribute to your library’s New Building Fund. You may print the form, fill it out and drop it off at the library or mail it in. Thank you for your support!

PO Box 207
5264 Sacandaga Road
Galway NY 12074
518-882-6385
gal-director@sals.edu

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