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Aug 10, 2010 6:07 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

East Hampton Library vote to be held Saturday

Aug 10, 2010 6:07 PM

The East Hampton Library is asking taxpayers to weigh in on its controversial expansion proposal with a referendum vote this Saturday. The library 
board applied for a 6,802-square-foot expansion in 2003 and went back and forth with the village Zoning Board of Appeals for seven years before the ZBA rejected the application last month.

If the public approves the proposal, which calls for the addition of 3,545 square feet to the first floor and 3,257 square feet to the basement, as well as a lecture room with a capacity of 60, an elevator to the basement, and 16 more parking spaces, the board will file a lawsuit against the village in State Supreme Court seeking to overturn the denial.

In its decision, the ZBA determined the expansion would require too much additional parking and would destroy too much of the Osborne Green behind the library building. The ZBA also said the library should have looked further into 
opening up a separate branch in Springs.

Library board members have said the ZBA’s decision was based on “exclusionary” village politics and they dispute the claims that the expansion will have a negative environmental impact. The library claims 84 percent of the lawn behind the library building will be preserved.

Additionally, the library board intends to pay for the expansion with private donations and not taxpayer money.

All registered voters in the East Hampton, Springs and Wainscott school districts are eligible to vote. The vote will take place at the library from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

ERIN GEISMAR

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Don't fall for this campaign by the library to circumvent the rule of law. The ZBA made its decision about an over-ambitious plan. The Library Board should take a look at some of its books to find that it doesn't need, nor does it benefit legally, from a referendum. This is a clear power play by power brokers trying to put one over on the Village citizens.

The Library Board has every legal avenue of appeal open to it with, or without, this waste-of-taxpayer-time-and-money referendum.

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By NWHarbor (7), Northwest on Aug 12, 10 8:25 PM
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Every single day re-zoning appeals are granted to big developers that add nothing to the community beyond waste and over-crowding. This is a library! VOTE YES!
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Aug 14, 10 12:46 PM
I would expect nothing less from you peoplefirst.
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Aug 14, 10 10:20 PM
I'm with you NWHarbor. Their fear and lie campaign was a waste of money. They don't need a "referendum" to appeal the decision. This money could have been used to buy books, and supplement their disgracefully inadequate Spanish collection. They point the finger at others for being racist, but have you seen their almost non-existent section of spanish literature?? Who isn't serving the latin community??
If they want an addition, fine... but make it conform to the site.

Buenos Dias
By marymare (12), east hampton on Aug 13, 10 11:05 AM
Save the money spent on a referendum and use it to sue the ZBA.
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Aug 13, 10 11:52 PM
The full court press on this by the library board was disgraceful. They hold the vote at the library on the same day a big event is going on. They spend tons of money spreading mistruths on the ZBA ruling. Of course I predict this so called referendom will pass overwhelming but the bigger question will be what happens next. Does the ZBA stick to it's guns and the law or do they cave?
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Aug 14, 10 10:15 PM
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