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Library's potential closure causes concern

Ward did say an implementation of needed upgrades to heating, ventilation and air-conditioning only could shorten the project, keeping the library closed for only four to six months.

Director Kulmatiski was also adamant that he did not foresee the need to cut any of the main branch's nearly 70 staff members, who will be sent out along with materials to library branches and will work to bolster programming throughout the county.

The current cost of the project is $3.5 million for the addition and $1.6 million for repairs to the library's aged infrastructure. The architects factored in $339,000 for site work, $843,413 for new furnishings, a 10 percent inflation cost of $561,504 and $849,406 for professional fees and testing. The final price tag is $404,221 less than the initial design proposed two years ago.

The county Legislature will provide $5.7 million toward the project, paid through bonds. The library board and Friends of the Library have raised about $2 million in private donations.

The library's Board of Trustees will review bids for the project on Thursday, May 22, at the system's Niskayuna branch.

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